Action, Not Words Can Heal Our Wound- UK Prime Minister Starmer

Keir Starmer pitched himself as a leader for “stability and moderation” who will rebuild Britain, as he reached out to those who did not vote for Labour with a promise to serve the whole country.

The Labour leader gave a speech on the steps of Downing Street after going to Buckingham Palace to accept the king’s invitation to form a new government.

He said the election had brought the four nations of the UK together “facing down the challenges of an insecure world” in a reference to Labour’s sweeping wins in Wales and Scotland, as well as two seats for its sister party in Northern Ireland.

The new prime minister also paid tribute to the “dedication and hard work” of his predecessor, Rishi Sunak, saying his achievement in becoming the first British Asian leader of the UK had required “an extra effort that … should not be underestimated by anyone”.

Turning to Labour’s task ahead, Starmer struck a note of optimism as he said his party could turn around the lack of trust in politics and the draining away of hope that has happened under previous governments.

“This wound, this lack of trust can only be healed with actions, not words,” he said. “I know that, but we can make a start today with the simple acknowledgment that public service is a privilege and your government should treat every single person with respect.

“Whether you voted Labour or not, especially if you did not, I say to you directly, my government will serve you. Politics can be a force for good. We will show that. We changed the Labour party, returned it to service and that is how we will govern.”

The prime minister also said the UK needed a “bigger reset, a rediscovery of who we are” but that he knew that “one of the great strengths of this nation has always been to navigate a way to calmer waters”.

Starmer said he stood for “stability and moderation” and argued that for too long governments had turned a blind eye as millions slid into greater insecurity.

UK Guardian

 

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