Letters: Kier must be radical

This letter sent to the Star was written by S Smith, Sheffield, S1

By S Smith
Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 6:51 am
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Labour’s humiliation at last Thursday’s local elections and the Hartlepool by-election – a traditional working class heartland – was due to those voters feeling ignored by the party that is supposed to represent them.

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Sir Keir Starmer must be radical and reshape the Labour Party, speak up for the working people, tackle the controversial issue of mass immigration and stamp out political correctness if it is to be a credible political force.

The Labour leader’s problem is he still has the 2019 election manifesto, written by his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, around his neck – a package of out-of-date ideas and unrealistic policies that appealed mainly to students, activists and supports of the hard left.

Sir Keir should hammer out a bold vision and grasp thorny issues like Tony Blair and John Smith did that clinched Labour’s record breaking general election landslide victory in 1997.