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Labor’s campaign for the local elections on May 5 is now officially launched. Keir Starmer made it clear yesterday in Bury that he would put the cost of living at the center of the party’s bid for the votes, urging people to ‘send a message to Boris Johnson and his Tories that they cannot ignore “: that “Britain deserves better than their pathetic, miserable response” to cost-of-living pressures. This is clearly a salient issue and one that affects nearly everyone. is not without risk.Labour last year wanted voters to ‘send a message’ on public sector pay and back NHS nurses through their choices for local government – another thing advisers are not sure about. can’t do much. It didn’t work very well. But maybe the universality and urgency of the problem this time will make the national angle more effective.
As Rachel Reeves launched the campaign in Worthing, where Labor has made significant progress in recent years to the point where the council is now led by a minority Tory group, Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner chose Bury. This is where there are two key fringe parliamentary seats – and a new Labor MP, following the defection of Christian Wakeford. work listKatie’s new reporter got an exclusive interview with the MP for Bury South after the launch event – and he had some strong words for Boris Johnson. “The Conservatives don’t have the answers. And if they do, they are lying,” he said, predicting the prime minister “will continue… to lie to the nation.” Wakeford also spoke about his comments and voting record in parliament, his relationship with local Labor members, his chances of being selected as the Labor candidate in the next general election and his “very steep learning curve of acronyms” in the party.
work list also published exclusive polls that make for interesting reading. In our final questions to the audience, as part of research conducted for us by Savanta ComRes, we asked which party they considered to be high-tax and low-tax. The results are perhaps surprising – and will certainly delight the Treasury shadow team, which has repeatedly called the Tories “the party of high taxes, low growth”. 39% of UK adults see the Conservatives as ‘the high tax party’, compared to 27% who would describe Labor as the high tax party, according to the poll. As for the “low tax party”, 30% cite Labor and 27% cite the Conservatives. In a less unexpected but still poor result for the ruling party, the poll also finds that 75% of British adults think the government is not doing enough to tackle the cost of living crisis. See our full article here.
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