Keir Starmer needs to show ‘big change’ says former Corbyn aide
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The February edition of the Savanta ComRes monthly political tracker shows a ratings boost for the UK Government, up a massive ten points to -2 percent, most likely helped by the significant progress made with the Covid vaccine programme.
The Prime Minister’s popularity has also seen a significant jump, up six points to -2 percent.
But out of all leading political individuals tracked, only Labour leader Sir Keir has experienced a fall from January’s favourability ratings, down two points to -4 percent.
That means he is now less popular than Health Secretary Mr Hancock and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (both on -3 percent), as well as Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has seen his favourability rise two points to a massive 17 percent.
The latest favourability ratings also mirror those in the “Best PM” ratings, which has seen Boris Johnson jump five points to 43 percent.
Sir Keir has fallen four points to 27 percent – his worst “Best PM” rating since last June, when it was as low as 26 percent.
Savanta ComRes Political Research Director Chris Hopkins said: “This five point Conservative lead is our biggest in a Westminster VI since the middle of October 2020.
“The much-improved favourability ratings for the Government and its key ministers are likely to be heavily tied to the success of the vaccination rollout.”
“With this increased governmental positivity, eyes turn to the opposition and what they could possibly do to bridge that gap.
“Some improved numbers for Labour last year have disappeared, and it’s going to take Keir Starmer differentiating himself more from previous Labour leaders and the current Conservative offer in order to do better at attracting those voters who have abandoned Labour at the previous elections.”
On Thursday, Sir Keir said he would create a “British recovery bond” to help provide money for investment in communities if he was in the Number 10 hot seat.
The Labour leader explained the move was in response to the Bank of England suggesting the “vast majority of savings built up during the pandemic won’t be spent”.
In a televised speech, he said: “If I were prime minister, I would introduce a new British recovery bond.
“This could raise billions to invest in local communities, jobs and businesses.
“It could help build the infrastructure of the future – investing in science, skills, technology and British manufacturing.
“It would also provide security for savers and give millions of people a proper stake in Britain’s future.”
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Sir Keir also lashed out at the Government and said the rival Conservative Party “simply don’t believe that it’s the role of government to tackle inequality or insecurity”.
He added: “I fear that the Conservatives are incapable of seizing this moment.
“That what we will get on March 3 will be short-term and it won’t even be a fix.
“Successive Conservative prime ministers have used the rhetoric of change of ‘northern powerhouses’, ‘burning injustices’, ‘levelling up’.
“But all it ever adds up to is a few soundbites and the odd photo opportunity.
“The truth is, whoever their Prime Minister is, the Conservatives simply don’t believe that it’s the role of government to tackle inequality or insecurity.”
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