Sir Keir Starmer attempted to bury the bad old days and the years of Corbynism today. In his 88 minute (yes, nearly as long as a football match) address, Starmer gave his packed audience at the Brighton Centre the first clues as to what to expect from a future Labour government. It sounded like a shift from the agenda of the last Labour leader. In summary, Starmer laid out his principles for a “contribution society”, one in which Labour would be the party of law order with tougher sentences for rapists and stalkers. He spoke of the most ambitious education programme ever, promised to encourage the NHS to do more to prevent illnesses and offered mental health care for all within a month, via 8,500 more mental health workers. Starmer pledged to do what it takes to preserve the Union, including bringing Gordon Brown in to head the mission.
The Labour leader wasn’t the only one to come down hard on the PM in light of the Downing Street do debacle. The SNP’s Ian Blackford called for the PM to resign.