October 8, 2023 • 8:10 am
Labor’s lead over the Conservatives in the polls recovers to 13 points
Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has recovered to 13 points, according to a new Opinium poll, giving Sir Keir Starmer a boost as the party’s annual meeting gets underway in Liverpool.
A company poll published last weekend gave Labor a 10-point lead, but now the party has recovered.
The new poll, carried out between October 4 and 6, puts the Labor Party with 42 per cent of the vote, three points more than the previous poll carried out between September 27 and 29.
The Conservatives were unchanged at 29 percent.
Labor leader tells Sunak ‘go ahead’
Sir Keir Starmer has told Rishi Sunak to “get on with it” if he wants the next general election to be about changing the UK.
Sunak used his speech at the Conservative conference in Manchester last Wednesday to repeatedly argue that he is the candidate of change ahead of the next election.
But Sir Keir told a reception for London Labor members in Liverpool on the eve of the conference: “I say to Rishi Sunak: if you want change, go for it.”
He told the crowd: “I don’t agree with Rishi Sunak on much, but when he stood up last week and said we’d had years of failure and needed change, I thought he got it right.
“We need a change. He cannot be that change, he has been the nodding dog as chancellor through all the decisions that he now says were so terrible that they have to change them.”
Starmer: Labor ‘on target’ to win next general election
Labor is “just in time” to win the next general election, Sir Keir Starmer said as the party’s annual conference began in Liverpool this morning.
The Labor leader told activists not to be giddy at the prospect of coming to power, with the party buoyant after its victory in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-elections and a consistent double-digit opinion poll lead over the conservatives.
Sir Keir told The Observer: “We will get to this conference on time. This is where we aim to answer the question ‘Why the Labor Party?’ with confidence and a coherent plan.”
The Labor leader said of the tone of the party’s annual meeting: “It won’t be fast-paced, it won’t be a ‘job done’.”