Harlow Labour leader welcomes Sir Keir Starmer’s New Year speech

General Election 2024 / Fri 5th Jan 2024 at 10:36am

THE Harlow Labour candidate at the next General Election has welcomed the New Year speech by his leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

Chris Vince said: “Keir Starmer’s New Year’s message is one of hope for our country, he spoke of a changed Labour Party which is ready to serve. Labour are ready to serve Harlow if given the chance at the next election. 

In his speech yesterday (4/1/2024), Keir Starmer laid out the difference between a Labour government and the current failed Conservative one. 

He made an important promise, a promise that will ring true across Harlow – a politics “which treads a little lighter on all our lives”. People are tired of false hope, needless intervention, and constant squabbling and fighting. He went on to say “That’s the thing about populism or nationalism…It needs your full attention, needs you constantly focussing on this week’s common enemy. And that’s exhausting.” People in Harlow deserve better than constant political division. 

He went on to speak about Labour’s plans to deliver a proper industrial policy and higher investment in our country, about breaking down the red tape surrounding planning to get Britain building again, and to change the rules on compulsory purchase orders to stop land banking.  There was also a recognition of the need to transform the labour markets and strengthen workers’ rights which have been eroded by the current government. 

Starmer finished his speech to the country by saying: 

“If you can’t get an affordable home in your town, but with Labour you can, that’s a difference worth fighting for. 

If you can’t get a job with regular hours that will let you look after your family, but with Labour you can, that’s a difference worth fighting for. 

If you’re a care worker who saved lives during the pandemic and has been rewarded with poverty wages, but with Labour you can get a fair pay agreement, that’s a difference worth fighting for. 

The same is true for our NHS. For our schools, climate change and energy security, securing our borders, restoring Britain’s standing, crime and justice.” 

Sadly, as ready as Labour are to fight for your votes, the Prime Minister has postponed the election even further. With the election now likely to be in the second half of the year, we will have to wait through more ministerial changes, more scandals, and more delay. 


If you are unsure what Labour’s polices are then here is a link to a 115 page document where it is all set out in detail.


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11 Comments for Harlow Labour leader welcomes Sir Keir Starmer’s New Year speech:

2024-01-05 11:44:45

What a load of nonsense. It says absolutely nothing concrete or measurable. Just waffle and hot air. Neither Starmer nor Vince have any policies otherwise they would explain them. This is just a wish list without the magic wand to create the magic money tree. Makes no mention of the massive problem of high net migration, which under Labour will only get worse.

gary roberts
2024-01-05 12:22:53

I listened to Starmer in the hope that he would repent at being a slightly less shade of blue than this disgusting Conservative government. I just laughed at his nonsense. He was elected on a radical agenda but all of those ambitious and radical change policies have been binned. Attlee and Nye Bevan would be turning in their graves at the superficial nonsense.

2024-01-05 15:27:41

Several times yesterday on TV Starmer refused to say he would reverse the tax rises despite his shadow chancellor slamming them, Correct the Tories have messed up failing to control immigration, failing to deal effectively with the problem ridden NHS, failed to sort out Housing and taking us to ridiculous levels of direct and indirect taxation, however Labour is certainly not the answer and will almost certainly make a mess of the country should they be elected

Craig Ash
2024-01-05 16:52:18

Is this report by Mr Vince expected to be taken seriously? Just look at it: " a changed Labour Party which is ready to serve". Serve what? Bacon rolls? Doesn't mention anything. "He made an important promise, a promise that will ring true across Harlow – a politics “which treads a little lighter on all our lives”... What does that mean translated? Less government intervention? lower taxes? Less red tape? From Labour!!! Who are you kidding? There is no detail no policy statements. Just BS. They are going to miraculously give everyone affordable housing, new jobs, pay increases. Great! Just forgot to mention how. They are really treating the public like kindergarten kids or retards. We might be fed up with the Conservatives but I wouldn't trust this Labour shower to run a bath.

2024-01-05 17:22:11

A changed Labour. Don't make me laugh. A leopard does,nt change its spots come to mind.

2024-01-05 17:58:19

This report just shows that we have to have a real alternative to the two man parties. Starmer and Labour are not credible. On key matters like defence and immigration, trusting Labour is like giving the keys to the burglar. They have never defended our nation. It was Blair who opened the floodgates to migrants. Our towns and cities are becoming unrecognisable. We need a party that defends our country and culture. The only one I can think of is Nigel Farage. If he stood, I think a lot of people who vote the two main parties would think twice and vote for him.

2024-01-05 21:59:06

Clearly Starmer and Labour can not be trusted, already The party leader has doubled down on his pledge to spend £28 Billion a year on "Green investment schemes" to that of just an Ambition, Starmer like almost all politicians is good at promising things he knows he can't deliver. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/starmer-insists-labour-doesnt-lack-detailed-policies-he-downgrades-flagship-green

Luke Burton
2024-01-06 00:33:19

I mean, what is he meant to do? *Not* welcome it?

Luke Burton
2024-01-06 00:34:41

I agree that 2024 brings a modicum of hope insofar as there being a General Election this year, but I'll wait and see what Labour do in government first before passing judgement on whether it's Labour that will bring the hope Cllr Vince claims he's pouring upon us.

Alderman Durcan
2024-01-06 10:00:44

Election time soon. we need to start by building up some level of trust around politics and politician with people. No new hospital Now a broken new school. No new council home in the last 2 years. Nothing new in the town centre except demolition and empty space. Still waiting for world class cycle track. other councils are buying property in Harlow that Harlow Tories are claiming they were not aware about. No wonder people are cynical.

David Forman
2024-01-09 10:07:59

Nice to see the workers' cooperative newspaper Morning Star being quoted. Here is their verdict on Starmer's speech: Project Hopeless. See story at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/project-hopeless-starmer-ducks-change-challenge

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