Keir Starmer Hails Labour As A Serious Party Of Government After Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

There is a tide in the affairs of men and the tide has turned. After three opinion polls which have given the Labour Party at least an eight-point lead, an exclusive poll in today’s Standard shows Boris Johnson plummeting 13 points behind Sir Keir Starmer. Politics is now entering a new phase. With the Omicron variant rampant the benefit of the doubt, which has been extended to the Prime Minister throughout the pandemic, has been suspended.

Philip Collins wearing a suit and tie: Philip Collins  - Daniel Hambury © Daniel Hambury

Philip Collins

- Daniel Hambury

On Thursday the Conservative Party will either lose the by-election in North Shropshire caused by the sudden resignation of Owen Paterson, or it will come close to doing so. The only virtue of Johnson, in the eyes of many Conservatives, is that he is a winner. If he starts to lose the lustre of victory, he does not have a lot else to commend him.

For a series of poll leads to harden into the possibility of an outright Labour victory, though, it will take more even than Johnson’s capacity for scandal. Durable change has to come from two directions at once. When confidence drains from the governing party it has to find a home in the opposition. If the public lack confidence in the alternative, it may conclude, reluctantly, to stick with the devil it knows.

For a decade, since Ed Miliband replaced Gordon Brown in 2010, Labour has not offered the country a plausible alternative prime minister. The party’s tendency to self-harm reached a peak with Jeremy Corbyn, a decision with led to an electoral nadir in 2019.

On the day that Sir Keir Starmer took over from Corbyn, the Tories were on 52 points and Labour were 23 points behind. To turn that deficit around to a lead of nine points in the Opinium poll on Sunday is a swing that exceeds anything achieved by either Harold Wilson or Tony Blair.

The difference, of course, is that Wilson and Blair proved their mettle at general elections, not just in the heat of the middle of the term. The question is whether Starmer can join them.

He has certainly had a fine autumn. He has shifted his party much further and more decisively than most commentators have understood. His speech to the Labour Party conference took new political space which he occupied with an excellent reshuffle. The return of Yvette Cooper to the shadow home brief, the promotion of Pat McFadden, Wes Streeting, Bridget Phillipson and Peter Kyle, to join a credible shadow chancellor in Rachel Reeves means that Labour is now making the most of its resources. You can see the stricter message control, and an impressive political discipline in Labour’s response to tighter Covid restrictions. Streeting, the new shadow health secretary, has struck a line which has it both ways.


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