Sir Keir Starmer was interrupted by Left Labor members repeatedly waving red cards in the air during his first personal conference speech to party loyalists.
“Usually this Wednesday it’s the Tories who are bothering me. It didn’t bother me then — and it doesn’t bother me now,” he joked, adding that other members of the audience called the Hecklers “silent.” asked to stay”.
A small group of Sir Keir’s critics carried red cards and shouted “£15” at various points during the speech – a reference to the Labor leader’s refusal to refund the £15 minimum wage earlier this week.
Another heckler chose to direct his anger at Sir Keir’s Brexit policy during his tenure in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, while others opted to shout “boring”, or ask the Labor leader: “Where is Peter Mandelson. ?”.
Forced to raise his voice at the hecklers, Sir Keir asked the members: “Slogan or life-changing, convention?”.
He told his opponents in the hall, “You can chant all day,” before claiming he had used the convention to “settle our own home”.
Carol Vincent, one of those in the hall who harassed Sir Keir during his speech, told reporters it was an “absolute disgrace”, the Labor leadership was not supporting the £15 minimum wage – an issue Which became a flashpoint during the conference following his resignation. Andy McDonald from Shadow Cabinet.
Speaking after Sir Keir’s speech, he said that he expected to face the challenge of leadership “at some point”, and went on to say: “He ignored – and this convention ignored – which People have stood up and are asking them to guarantee a 15. percent increase for the NHS, the £15 minimum wage.”
During his speech, Sir Keir thanked party members and loyal Labor voters for “saving this party from oblivion”, adding: “My job as leader is not just to say thank you to those voters who are with us.” Remain – understand this and convince the voters who rejected us.
In an edgy message to his critics on the left, Starmer said: “That’s why it’s become so important to get your own house this week and that’s what we did… Get serious – we can win the next general election.”
A Labor member could be heard trying to interrupt Starmer as he finished speaking about his mother’s death. Other delegates placed red pieces of paper at the start of their speech to show that they were giving Starmer’s leadership a “red card”.
Speaking after the speech, the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said he thought Hecking was “overwhelming”, adding: “You see, the thing is, Keir, I thought, was a quick-witted performance in dealing with him.” did.
“He reminded me of John Smith, the way he treated Tory Hecklers to silly hecklers in the Commons. If you’re going to obstruct, you better make sure the Principal’s heavy on stage There hasn’t been a comeback. And he did. He put those same annoyances in their place.”
A Labor spokesman later said it was not unexpected that critics harassed Sir Keir, adding the fact that “many people” had red pieces of paper to protest the leadership may have been hecklers. has been organized. But he added: “Obviously there was clearly a view that there may be people who want to express an opinion in the speech.”
Labor’s low-wage policy has been a major bone of contention at the conference, with Mr McDonald leaving as shadow employment rights secretary after being asked to argue against a national minimum wage of £15 per hour. A 2019 photo of Starmer campaigning next to McDonald’s workers fighting for the McDonald’s minimum wage went viral, as left-wing activists accused him of going back on previous support for the hike.
A group of MPs from the party’s left faction used a fringe rally in Brighton on Tuesday evening to attack the leader, with Jarrah Sultana accusing Sir Keir of “waging a war on the left”. In scathing remarks, the Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP said: “This has been an awfully terrible conference with a terrifyingly terrible leadership.”
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