ir Keir Starmer will unveil his vision for “the future of our country” on Wednesday after facing off against the Labor left at the party’s annual rally.
He will seek to speak to the nation after days of bitter clashes at the Brighton conference on internal party reforms, including rules for electing leaders.
“Last year I had to deliver the entire speech into a camera barrel with another person in the room, and no reaction from anyone,” he told the TSTIME on Tuesday, referring to his online conference speech last year due to Covid. restrictions.
“Tomorrow I will be in front of thousands of our members and supporters, and I can’t wait to be there.
“This is an opportunity for me to expose where I think the future of our country lies, I haven’t had this opportunity yet and I will really take it tomorrow.”
Labor centrists at the annual conference are gloating after party reforms were pushed forward, including on leadership election rules, even though they had to be watered down to gain sufficient support.
In contrast, leftists strongly criticize Sir Keir over the reforms, accusing him of starting the division and not unveiling enough policies to move the party forward.
Sir Keir has denied he was leading a Labor party more divided than ever after the split with the left deepened when a shadow cabinet member drastically resigned mid-conference.
The Labor leader insisted that winning an election is more important than unity, as he said Andy McDonald was “wrong” to say the divide has widened within the party since he took over. had succeeded Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labor leader was also refusing to reinstate the party whip to Mr Corbyn until he apologized for his controversial remarks in response to a report on anti-Semitism within the party.
Centrist MPs scorned Mr Corbyn’s chances of winning his seat in Islington North, running as an independent against a Labor candidate.
They also accused Mr McDonald of scheduling his resignation to cover the speech of Phantom Chancellor Rachel Reeves.
Mr McDonald resigned his post as shadow secretary for labor rights after Sir Keir refused to support a minimum wage of £ 15 an hour, a move which was supported by party members on Wednesday.
Sir Keir denied being happy to see the departure of Mr McDonald, the last ally of the former leader of his best team, and insisted he was wrong to claim that ‘our movement is more divided than ever. “.
The Labor leader said: “He is wrong about this, but I am focusing on how we are putting Labor in the position to win the general election.”
He defended “tough decisions to change our party”, which included changing the rules to mean any future leadership contestant would need more support from Labor MPs, in a move seen as an attempt to exclude radical challengers.
Sir Keir agreed “that there will be people who will not agree to these changes” but urged critics to “comply”.
Asked what is most important to him, unity within the party or victory, he replied: “Winning. Win a general election.
“I didn’t go into politics to vote again and again in Parliament and lose and then tweet about it. I entered politics to enter government to change millions of lives for the better. “
Sir Keir also angered the left by scrapping Labor plans to nationalize big energy companies after pledging for “common property” during the leadership campaign.
The Labor leader insisted that common property and nationalization are “worlds apart” and said the promises he made to party members remained “values dear to me”.
“I never made a commitment to nationalize, I made a commitment to common ownership,” he said.
“I stand by the principles and values that underlie the promises I made to our members, but the most important promise I made was that I would turn it into a party worthy of a government, capable of win a general election. I will not turn away from it.
Mr Corbyn’s allies say the key move to bring the party together is to reinstate the former leader’s whip, who has been sitting as an independent MP since October.
But Sir Keir said Mr Corbyn could only return after apologizing for saying anti-Semitism had been “dramatically overestimated for political reasons” in response to a damning report on the matter under his leadership.
“It’s been going on for months and the ball is in Jeremy’s court,” said the frontman, who took over the party in April last year.
“Jeremy has been asked to apologize, remove the post that caused the problem in the first place, and work with us. “
At an event on the sidelines of the conference, Mr Corbyn said he had several conversations with Mr McDonald on Monday, but denied they were part of a conspiracy.
“If this was a deeply buried Machiavellian plot to announce a resignation on a particular afternoon in Brighton, it would have leaked weeks ago,” said the MP, who has been reinstated in the Labor Party.