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Former Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer took over over as Labour Party leader on April 4, with the party in chaos following several months of bitter infighting that culminated in a disastrous general election outcome. Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to its worst general election result in recent history, handing the Prime Minister and the Tories a huge 80-seat majority in the House of Commons. This provided Mr Johnson with the power to get his Brexit deal voted through Parliament, with the Conservatives also now holding a hugely dominant position in Westminster ahead of any crucial political votes.
Labour is in the midst of a huge crisis, with millions of voters throughout the country turning on the opposition in the general election.
Mr Corbyn saw Labour’s infamous “Red Wall” crumble, losing several heartlands, particularly in the north of England, which the party had held and relied on for centuries.
Labour had also been dogged by several allegations of anti-Semitism, something which Sir Keir vowed to stamp out immediately after taking over as party leader.
Political experts have now highlighted the huge challenge facing Sir Keir, and warned him to take immediate action to avoid repeating similar mistakes that have previously led to Labour’s downfall.
Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank, told Express.co.uk: “Keir Starmer is in danger of falling into the trap most recent Labour leaders have, which is to ignore the wishes of the working classes in favour of woke metropolitan liberals, whose views are often diametrically opposed.
“Labour needs to understand the concerns of the British working classes are not the concerns of metropolitan liberals.
“By majority the British working class is patriotic and socially conservative.
“They voted for Brexit, want to see immigration fall significantly and are not signed up to the “woke” agenda.”
Alex de Ruyter, Politics Professor at Birmingham City University and Director of Centre for Brexit Studies, lavished praise on what Sir Keir has already done in the first three months as Labour leader.
He said: “Starmer is clearly a very intelligent man and in general has mastered his brief, which stands in contrast to the more lackadaisical attitude of Johnson.
“He has promoted talent to his top team and has listened to outside criticisms, making a start on repairing tattered relationships (for example with many in the Jewish community).”
But Professor De Ruyer also warned: “There is clearly much more to do and he will want to ensure that his entire team are much more disciplined around their messaging.
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“There is a risk of getting distracted by symbolic issues that are of huge importance to some on the left but that most of society has little time for.”
Last week, a leading poll suggested the Labour Party has fallen further behind Boris Johnson and the Conservatives – despite the government coming under intense attack for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest Times/YouGov voting intention results suggest the race between the UK’s two dominant political parties has now stabilised after Labour had appeared to close the gap on the Tories over recent weeks.
The poll of of 1,614 adults from July 8-9 showed the Tories have now increased their lead to 10-points.
When asked who they would vote for if there was a general election tomorrow, the results showed the Tories would receive 46 percent of the vote compared to 36 percent who said Labour.
Prior to this, they had stood at 45 percent and 37 percent respectively.
On January 26, the gap between Britain’s two ruling parties had been a huge 20-points in the same Times/YouGov poll.
This came six weeks after Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to a crushing defeat in the general election on December 19.
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