Keir Starmer says people ‘want the government to succeed’
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Sir Keir Starmer squirmed in an awkward BBC interview as the Labour leader was told he “was getting less popular” with British voters. The Labour leader has suffered a dismal week in the polls, with recent results showing the Conservatives have a 13-point lead over his party. Sir Keir blamed that the huge gap in the polls on the the success of the Government’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.
He said: “During a pandemic like this, people want the Government to succeed and you see that reflected in the polls. Of course, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“But, in the middle of a pandemic, particularly with the vaccine rollout, people want the Government to succeed.”
The BBC reporter asked: “But why do you think think you’re getting less popular?”
Sir Keir repeated his previous answer, saying: “In the middle of a pandemic, people want the Government to succeed and the vaccine being rolled out.”
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He added: “We have a lot of work to do. We lost very badly in December 2019 and I’ve always said it’s a four year project to rebuild and that’s what we are doing.”
The poll by YouGov for the Times, in the wake of the Budget, suggested Tory support is at 45 percent, up four points on last week, while Labour’s support fell four points to 32 percent.
This is the same percentage of support that Jeremy Corbyn won as Labour leader at the last election.
A top polling expert also suggested that Conservatives also have a 25-point lead over Labour amongst working-class voters in a huge blow to Sir Keir’s leadership.
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Academic and author Matt Goodwin tweeted: “A 25-point lead for Conservatives among working-class.
“Same old problem for Labour as 2019. 71 percent of Leavers rally round Conservatives, 47 percent Remainers rally around Labour.
“Basic problem for Labour is geography. Votes stacked high in places where it doesn’t need them – little evidence it is breaking through in places where it needs them.”
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Polls also show that 36 percent view Boris Johnson as a better option for Prime Minister, compared to just 28 percent for the Labour leader, while 33 percent said they did not know.
The poll boost for the Conservatives comes ahead of crunch votes in May which will see voters go to the ballot box for a series of local council and mayoral elections, as well as the Scottish and Welsh parliament elections.
The latest voting intention poll will also heap pressure on Sir Keir Starmer who was already facing backlash from the left-wing side of his party for failing to be more critical of the Government’s coronavirus response.
The Labour leader admitted last month the party still had a “mountain to climb” if it was to challenge the Conservatives at the next election.
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