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Sir Kea Sturmer has come under fire from the left wing of the Labor Party for backtracking on many of the promises he made in the 2020 leadership election.
The intervention comes ahead of a speech in Manchester in which Lord Kiel sets out five mandates for his party to pursue in government, covering the economy, the NHS, crime, the climate crisis and education. .
Momentum, a grassroots organization representing the party’s left, said in a statement on Thursday that Lord Kiel’s five commissions showed the promises he made when he ran to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as “tattered”. said that More popular than ever.
The 10 pledges Lord Keir made during his leadership campaign included supporting public ownership of industries such as rail and energy, raising taxes on the top earners and promoting a Green New Deal to tackle climate change. It was
A Momentum spokeswoman said: “Given the scale of the crisis and inequality facing the UK, these policies are more important and popular than ever.
“Today, however, his promises are in tatters, discarded in favor of a reheated Third-Wave realism exemplified by these latest hollow ‘missions’.
“To avoid a series of accusations of wrongdoing and to ensure that the Labor government actually faces the scale of the wreckage it inherits from the Tory Party, Sturmer changed course, listened to the convention, and set goals. We must present a bold vision of a transformed nation that achieves: the many, not the few.”
Lord Kiel told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday morning that he had defended the decision to abandon many of his leadership promises. today He had to “adapt some of them to the situation we are in”.
The show’s host, Amol Rajan, suggested that the pledge made by Lord Kiel should have been “resilient to changing circumstances”.
Lord Kiel replied: You mean he foresaw the conflict in Ukraine? Are you saying he foresaw last year’s kamikaze mini budget? Because you have great foresight. ”
The Labor leader claimed that his leadership’s pledge was a “statement of values” “not all abandoned by any stretch of the imagination”.
“What I’ve had to do is obviously adapt some of them to the situation we’re in,” he continued.
“Since I ran for leader there has been Covid. Since I ran for leader there has been conflict in Ukraine. There was a government of sorts.”
“These missions are to bring together the fundamental problems we face as a nation, and let everyone know that we are serious about how we have long-term solutions to those problems. We recognize that, and there are not many who oppose these missions.”