Keir Starmer must use the Labour party conference to clearly set out his vision | Frances Ryan
If Labour is to have any success, last week’s failure to offer an alternative to Tory social care plans should never be repeated
This time last year, Keir Starmer was preparing to give his first conference speech as Labour leader to a near-empty room. Separated from the public due to social distancing measures and greeted with silence rather than applause, the image became a metaphor for Starmer’s early leadership: some scripted words were carefully uttered, but ultimately no one was listening.
This month will see Starmer get a second chance, but this time the stakes are higher. The pandemic has given Boris Johnson the chance to be regularly beamed into the public’s living rooms, while Starmer has been prevented from much in-person campaigning, making conference a rare opportunity for him to get his message across. What that message is will be a different matter entirely.