Starmer forced into humiliating retirement ahead of Labor Party conference | Politics News
Labor conference opens in Brighton after Sir Keir Starmer was forced into a humiliating retirement following his attempt to rewrite party rules.
He had to put his reforms on hold after a backlash from unions and party activists, in what left-wing MPs called a personal goal that had weakened his authority.
The conference opens with a speech by Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, who will urge the party to introduce a new deal for workers – including wage increases and new labor rights – if it wins the next elections.
Prior to her speech, Ms. Rayner featured in a glossy photoshoot in The Times’s Saturday magazine, accompanied by an interview in which she said she “certainly wouldn’t say no” to running for party leader.
“If I felt this was the right thing to do for the party and the right thing for the country, then I would step up and do it,” she told The Times, in comments that will annoy Sir Keir and those around him at a time when his detractors are questioning his leadership.
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The Labor leader was forced to abandon his plans to submit his reforms – which include the removal of “one member, one vote” for the election of the party leader and a return to an electoral college of MPs, unions and activists – to a vote on the ruling national executive. after opposition from unions.
It is understood that he still wishes to raise the threshold for appointing MPs to 25% for leadership elections and make it more difficult to deselect MPs.
Mish Rahman, NEC member of Labor and Momentum’s national coordinating group, said: “The central measure of Keir Starmer’s attack on democracy has completely failed.”
“The constituency is dead. Now, to make sure that all of the other regressive rule changes concocted by management share the same fate. From ballot changes to increases in the nomination threshold for upcoming MPs, they all need to go in the trash. “
“Starmer won’t stop trying to rig democracy, so we can’t stop defending it.”
Speaking to Sky News after Sir Keir withdrew his proposals, at least temporarily, former party chairman and main Jeremy Corbyn supporter Ian Lavery said the Labor leader had scored an own goal and that his leadership position had been weakened.
“If the consultation had taken place with the unions, with the CLPs, things might have been different,” said Mr. Lavery.
“This is a huge lesson for Keir Starmer tonight, and is that everyone in the Labor Party matters, not just the few in the leader’s room.”
Just hours before the start of the conference, Sir Keir was also attacked by Mr Corbyn, his predecessor, who said: “Our movement has the answers to the big questions of the time – inequality, the climate crisis and the pandemic – but our leaders are not listening and bringing these solutions to the fore.
“At the conference, I hope to hear how Labor will introduce a wealth tax to fund a national care service like the NHS, take the drastic steps needed to decarbonize by 2030, oppose the drumbeat of ‘a new cold war and will reign in the galloping wealth and power of a small elite.
“I know our unions and our members have developed these policies. But the signs are that the party leadership wants to try to shut down the debate, put aside the members and the unions with the end result that the Labor Party supports rather than challenge our political and economic systems.
In her speech promising a new deal for workers, Ms Rayner will say: ‘It will be the driving mission of the next Labor government to end the poverty wages and precarious work that destroys millions of lives and slows down our economy. Britain works for workers.
“Work should provide not only a decent wage on which people can raise a family, but also dignity, flexibility and security. Better pay and safer work are good for workers, good for businesses and good. for the economy.
“Labor will offer workers a new deal so they get a fair share of the wealth they create, and in the first 100 days of the next Labor government, we will sign this new workers’ deal into law.”
“Workers don’t want handouts from a minister sitting in Whitehall – workers want the power to stand up for themselves and demand their fair share and a better deal.”
She will add: “The best way to improve the lot of workers is to collectively achieve more through the strength of our common effort than we achieve alone.
“So the next Labor government will bring together workers ‘and employers’ representatives to agree on fair wage deals that will apply to all workers in every sector, starting with social services.
“Fair pay deals will raise wages, improve working conditions and prevent bad bosses from exploiting their workers and lowering wages and standards for everyone.
“When the Labor Party is in government, there will not only be a former social worker and shop steward in the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, workers will have a seat at the cabinet table and their voices will be heard. The next one will be. Labor government will end poverty wages and precarious work for good. “