Wednesday 16 June 2021 / 10:30 PM Anneliese Dodds / Coronavirus / Keir Starmer

Labour launches roadmap to bring Britain together with policies for the post-Covid age

“Stronger Together: A Better Future for Britain” – Labour launches roadmap to bring Britain together with policies for the post-Covid age

Labour will today pledge to bring the country together to take on the challenges exposed by the pandemic and seize the opportunities of the future.

Ahead of a visit to Airbus in Bristol today, Labour leader Keir Starmer will say that the country was too divided going into the Covid crisis after a decade under the Conservatives, but that the way the British people responded showed “we can achieve incredible things when we come together”.

Starmer will be joined by Party Chair Anneliese Dodds to hear from workers about how they rose to the Covid challenge by using test aircraft to fly in millions of masks and PPE for front-line staff.

Taking inspiration from that story and the countless examples of how the country came together during the pandemic, they will pledge to use that spirit of togetherness to take Britain to new heights as we face the future.

Acknowledging the need for ambitious, transformative policies to meet the new reality and repair the damage done by the Conservatives, the pair will launch ‘Stronger Together: A Better Future for Britain’ – a major new policy-building project to bring Britain together, recognising the way Covid has changed people’s daily lives, and to deliver a fairer, more secure future.

The project will set out a roadmap for how Labour in government can deliver its mission to make Britain the best place to grow up and grow old in. It will champion new technologies, show how world-class public services can create new opportunities across the country, and take on the battle of the climate crisis.

Covering six main themes, the roadmap will call on the country to work together for:

  1. Better jobs and better work
  2. A green and digital future
  3. Safe and secure communities
  4. Public services that work from the start
  5. A future where families come first
  6. Britain in the world

Dodds has hailed the project as a chance to set out “an exciting, hopeful vision for Britain under a Labour government”, warning that the country “cannot afford yet more division under the Conservatives”.

Speaking before the launch, Labour leader Keir Starmer, said:

“When the pandemic hit Britain was too divided. We were too fractured as a country after a decade of the Conservatives. That meant we weren’t as well prepared as we could have been, so the pandemic hit us harder.

“But the way the British people responded showed we can achieve incredible things when we come together: looking after our neighbours and communities, getting behind key workers, supporting local businesses, volunteering to help our NHS and supporting the vaccine effort.

“Labour wants to harness that spirit to start building a better future for everyone in Britain. A future where the Government helps communities to thrive, no matter where they are on the map. A future with world class public services that work for everyone. A future where Britain leads the way on tech and green innovation, creating stable and secure jobs for all.

“We need to build a future that everyone in Britain can be proud of. Labour did it before: creating the NHS, introducing a national minimum wage, slashing child poverty and bringing peace to Northern Ireland.

“Together, we can do it again.”

Anneliese Dodds, Labour Party Chair, said:

“The way our country responded to the pandemic showed the very best of Britain. It proved that we’re stronger together.

“That belief is at the heart of everything Labour does – and it’s central to the exciting, hopeful vision for Britain under a Labour government that this roadmap will begin to set out.

“No one individual, party or institution can do this alone. We need to rally together to support each other, to raise each other up, not pull each other down. Because none of us is as great as all of us.

“That’s what ‘Stronger Together’ is all about – and why we simply cannot afford yet more division under the Conservatives. Let’s bring Britain together for a fairer, more secure future.”