Keir Starmer today:
“I can see in my mind’s eye the country I want us to be. Properly funded universal public services. World-class education which unleashes everyone’s potential. A huge investment in skills and a plan, working hand-in-hand with businesses and trade unions, to create high quality jobs.
An economy that doesn’t force people to move hundreds of miles just to find a decent job. One that truly works for all regions and nations of this United Kingdom. With opportunity and security in every part of the country and at every stage of our lives.
A country committed to a greener, cleaner and fairer society. Where every policy is judged not just by how much it costs today but also by what it does for the planet tomorrow.
A country which would be an active force for good in the world, once again admired and respected. Leading the world – and leading by example – in tackling the climate emergency. It would be a country which is the best place to grow up in and the best place to grow old in.
I can see it. I can describe it. But it’s all just a dream unless we win back the trust of the people. And we’ve got a long road ahead of us. We’re not going to win back those we’ve lost with a single speech or a clever policy offer. Trust takes time.
It starts with being a credible opposition. With taking the job seriously. That’s what we will do. So to those people in Doncaster and Deeside, in Glasgow and Grimsby, in Stoke and in Stevenage, to those who have turned away from Labour, I say this: we hear you.
Never again will Labour take you or the things you care about for granted. And I ask you: Take another look at Labour. We’re under new leadership.
We love this country as you do. This is the country I grew up in and this is the country I will grow old in. And I want it to be the country I know it can be. That, in the end, is why I do this. To change lives for the better. To make a difference to my country.
I know the good a Labour government can do. And I’m already looking forward to it. Thank you.”