There is actually a stand distributing anti-capitalist leaflets, a pro-transgender demonstration, which calls on Labor leader Keir Starmer, Two Palestinian flags, but all were carefully contained outside the secure confines of the Labor Party conference which opened in Liverpool on Sunday 8 October.
For this great annual gathering of the British left, what was surprising was the unprecedented density of well-tailored suits that filled the carpeted aisles of the enormous ACC convention centre. It feels like a giant economic fair: Indeed, on Monday, Mr. A “business forum” was to be organized with hundreds of leaders interested in approaching Starmer.
Hope is palpable in the gloom that emerged in Manchester a week ago from the Conservative conference. With Labor 15 to 20 points ahead of the Tories for a year, according to all polls, the government should switch sides in the 2024 general election.
“It’s an earthquake”
Britons are fed up with thirteen years of Conservative governments marked by austerity and Brexit. In Liverpool, all smiles were wide after the outcome of the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election, a constituency near Glasgow, from the Scottish National Party’s SNP on Friday October 6. “It’s an earthquake” Keir decided on Starmer, with unusual enthusiasm for a level man, but one who was thinking more and more about Downing Street.
Labour’s transformation under the leadership of this seasoned 61-year-old legal expert, a former Attorney General of England and Wales, is impressive. Within three years, the leader, elected vice president late in life (in 2015), took full control of the party, marginalizing its left wing and bringing it back to the center. With one goal: to turn this protest movement into a government party. In December 2019, Labor suffered its worst defeat since 1935. The working class in the north of England distanced itself from its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, an anti-imperialist activist suspected of not doing enough to combat anti-Semitism within the party. They wanted Boris Johnson who promised them “Achieve Brexit” and all investments.
Labor then seemed set for a long journey through the desert. In April 2020, it was Corbyn’s Brexit minister, Keir Starmer, a will be (who supports staying in the European Union) is determined, and who gets the votes of activists on a platform that is still social: abolition of university fees, nationalization. A firm and sharp leader. The first strong gesture: He wants to regain the trust of the Jewish community.
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