Keir Starmer’s speech at the 2022 Labour Party Conference was well received. Here are a few highlights but if you want to read the complete speech you can find it here.
“At moments of uncertainty like this we must provide clear leadership. We must stand with working people. Meet their ambitions for real change. Walk towards a better future. And build a new Britain, together.
- The Government has lost control of the British economy – and for what?
- They’ve crashed the pound – and for what?
- Higher interest rates. Higher inflation. Higher borrowing. And for what?
- Not for you. Not for working people. For tax cuts for the richest 1% in our society.
Don’t forget. Don’t forgive
And our problems don’t end there. Raw sewage in our rivers and seas. But who pays? Working people? Or the oil and gas companies making huge profits from higher prices?
The Head of BP has said that this crisis is a “cash machine” for his company. But that’s a cash machine fed by working people.
My Mum worked for the NHS. My sister worked for the NHS. My wife still works for the NHS. The NHS runs through my family like a stick of rock. Talking to doctors in my local hospital, I said “the NHS is on its knees, isn’t it”. They said “no Keir, it’s face down on the floor”..”
The way to get it back on its feet is with a stronger NHS workforce. That’s the main barrier to capacity right now – staff.
We will take on an extra 7,500 medical students every year, we will double the number of district nurses, 5,000 new health visitors, 10,000 extra nursing placements.
We will always deliver for our NHS. It’s time for Britain to stand tall again. To believe in ourselves again. To chart a new course. And to get our future back.
On the Climate..
“We will only borrow to invest when it’s in the long-term national interest. When the cost of not investing makes it much more expensive for the next generation. Some nation is going to lead the world in offshore wind. Why not this one? Some nation will win the race for electric vehicles. Why not us? Some nation will be the first to harness new hydrogen power. Why not Britain?
That’s why today I’m so proud to launch our Green Prosperity Plan. A plan that will turn the UK into a green growth superpower. And driving the plan forward is a goal that will put us ahead of any major economy in the world: 100 percent clean power by 2030.
A huge national effort. An effort that will: double Britain’s onshore wind capacity, treble solar power, quadruple offshore wind, invest in tidal, hydrogen, nuclear.
Back carbon capture. Commit to green steel production. New renewable ports. New gigafactories. And insulate 19 million homes.”
And what will it mean for working people? Cheaper bills and higher living standards. Home insulation.
There’s a lot more so feel free to read on by clicking here.