Labor will seek to “reimagine the role of government” as a partner to the private sector and take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit, Keir Starmer will say in a speech on the economy.
Outlining his plan for future growth, the Labor leader will name six principles for the economy under a Labor government, starting by valuing the role of private business as a partner of the state.
He will also slam Rishi Sunak saying the Tories have ‘introduced 15 tax hikes, raising taxes more than any Chancellor in half a century’.
Speaking in Huddersfield on Thursday, Starmer will say that after 12 years of Conservative government, “the days of economic fatalism are over” as he seeks to inject a note of optimism about the future of the economy under a Labor government.
“With Labour, Britain will grow again,” he said. “And from the proceeds of that growth, we will build a new economy and a new Britain, an economy based on security, prosperity and respect for all.”
The Labor leader will also highlight his support for British business, saying: “Britain cannot meet the big challenges of the day without business innovation.”
He will say: “A political party without a clear plan to ensure the success and growth of businesses…that does not want them to succeed and make profits…has no hope of being a prosperous government.
His comments will be seen as an attempt to draw a new line under Jeremy Corbyn, who was viewed with suspicion by many big business interests because of his support for the nationalization of certain sectors.
Starmer’s support for the partnership between government and business is likely to dismay critics from the party’s left, while his focus on Brexit opportunities risks frustrating the remaining faithful.
He received a skeptical response from Gaya Sriskanthan, co-chair of Momentum, the socialist group created under Corbyn’s leadership. Sriskanthan said, “Audiences are not stupid. They know that pushing for more growth, when growth only benefits those at the top, is missing the mark.
“Tackling this requires taxing the wealthy, tackling corporate interests and bringing key industries into public ownership – all policies popular with the British public. The 2020 Keir Starmer recognized this and was elected leader by Labor members accordingly. 2022’s Keir Starmer is expected to follow suit.
Its other focal points for the economy include: putting money back in people’s pockets; revitalize the places that once powered Britain; ending the era of precarious employment; and increase productivity and wages.
Starmer has traveled the country in recent weeks as he seeks to start the conversation about the cost of living and improve people’s lives after drawing a line with conservatives over the Partygate scandal.
The party’s strategy is for Starmer to remain focused on issues such as taxation and the cost of living to keep pressure on conservative divisiveness, as well as to put Sunak in the spotlight given his ambitions to succeed Johnson in the presidency. head.