Sir Keir Starmer is being warned that his party’s Brighton conference is “falling apart” following the dramatic resignation of a shadow minister.
The Labor leader has been shaken by Andy McDonald’s Decision to Step Down as Shadow Secretary of State for Labor Rights and Protections in the middle of the party meeting on the south coast.
McDonald’s resignation, which the leftist announced with a searing attack on Sir Keir’s leadership and policies, including the claim that the leader’s office prevented him from voicing support for a £ 15-per-hour minimum wage, has sparked a new episode of labor infighting.
And those who had supported Sir Keir’s predecessor Jeremy Corbyn could try to increase the pressure on the Labor leader when many of them speak during a rally at the left-wing alternative conference, The World Transformed, in Brighton on Tuesday.
“To be honest, the conference is falling apart because of the leader’s behavior, it’s appalling,” said former shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who is among those listed to speak at the Socialist Campaign Group rally.
McDonald’s resignation came hours after former Labor MP Dame Louise Ellman announced that he was rejoining the party nearly two years after he left the Labor Party over anti-Semitism and Corbyn’s leadership.
But despite the drama, there were claims that Sir Keir’s office “had no sense of loss” over McDonald’s departure and “no tears were shed.”
And, on the eve of his first in-person speech at a conference as party leader, Sir Keir on Tuesday will seek to bring the conference’s focus back to how he is trying to lift Labor out of the Corbyn era.
This will include some of Sir Keir’s shadow cabinet key allies trying to take the fight to the Conservatives on law and order, health and education issues.
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds will use his speech at the conference to accuse conservatives of being “soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime.”
It will also announce new Labor plans to increase visible surveillance with “eyes, ears and boots on the ground.”
“In conservative Britain, people say police are never seen on the street again,” Thomas-Symonds is expected to say.
“That school-age children are scared at the bus stop, that people feel unsafe leaving after dark. This is the price of years of conservative cuts to the neighborhood police.
“With me as Home Secretary, if there are problems on your street, Labor will make sure someone is there. You will see the officers on the street.
“In every community where people are scared and fearful, there will be a new police center and new neighborhood prevention teams that bring together police, community support officers, youth workers, and local authority personnel to address the behavior. antisocial at the source. “
Meanwhile, Labor’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will accuse the Conservatives of failing to implement a plan to address NHS waiting lists or improve social care.
“The NHS is in crisis not simply because of COVID,” he is expected to say.
“The NHS is in crisis because of the conservatives. A crisis that causes the services of the NHS to collapse, the army called in aid of the ambulance trusts.
“Hospitals ration chemotherapy. And more and more people are applying for loans and collaborating for donations with pain and despair.”
Labor shadow education secretary Kate Green will also challenge the government to deliver a “recovery guarantee” from the coronavirus crisis for school children.
“The future, life chances and aspirations of our children should not be limited by conservatives who treat them as an afterthought,” he is expected to say.
“They should not be constrained by a recovery plan that the government’s own expert described as ‘weak.’
“And they should not be limited by a weak prime minister who took months to fire a bankrupt secretary of state.”
“So today, conference, I am challenging the new secretary of education [Nadhim Zahawi] to provide a guarantee of recovery.
“Ensuring that every child who has been let down, ignored and undervalued by this government not only recovers from the pandemic, but thrives with new opportunities to learn, play and develop, just as the Labor plan would allow them to do.”