Labour at odds on eve of Liverpool conference as Keir Starmer criticised by own MP


Starmer has suffered a blow on the eve of his conference

Keith Bays

By Keith Bays

Published: 07/10/2023

- 12:52

Updated: 07/10/2023

- 16:38

The Labour leader faces a monumental moment in his bid to become next prime minister

Sir Keir Starmer has found himself at odds with his own party after facing criticism on the eve of the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

Labour MP Rosie Duffield said "many MPs" are "uncomfortable with the shift towards the centre", led by Starmer.

The Labour Party kicks off their party conference this weekend at the ACC arena in Liverpool.

This will be biggest moment of Starmer’s career to date and an opportunity for the party leader to demonstrate he is ready for government.

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The Labour conference comes hot on the heels of the Conservative conference which was held in Manchester just a few days ago.

However, on the eve of the Labour conference, GB News understands that the party is at odds with each other and not everyone is happy with Labour’s direction of travel under Starmer.

Labour Party MP Rosie Duffield said: “Many MPs feel uncomfortable with the shift towards the centre and with the party not opposing many of the governments policies.”

Duffield added: “We have fought against for a long time the two-child limit on benefits and on Immigration policy.” But the two-child benefit cap will remain if Labour wins the next election.


Rosie DuffieldLabour MP Rosie Duffield has been critical of the party's stance on trans issuesPA

Despite Duffield’s criticism of Starmer, he can still count on support from many Labour MPs, even those who are more aligned to former party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle said: “We’ve just had a fantastic by-election victory.”

“It shows as a united party supporting our leaders in the respective jurisdictions we can, and we will win government, against a corrupt and tired Tory party.”

This comes after Labour’s; Michael Shanks won the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election with a 24.1% swing for the party from the SNP. The by-election was triggered when a recall petition was successful, resulting in Margaret Ferrier being removed from the seat.

Despite the party promising big changes after 13 years of Conservative rule including ending child poverty, many Labour MPs seem frustrated by the inaction of the leadership and Shadow Cabinet in opposing the government.

On the Shadow Cabinet Duffield said: “They must all feel ok with the shift, as they go out on social media selling it” for Starmer.

Despite continued criticism from Duffield former Labour Party Special Advisor Paul Richards believes that Sir Keir and the party are on the right track for government.

Richards said: “The Labour Party is united behind it’s five national missions, and the landslide in Rutherglen shows a positive direction of travel.”

He added: “The national missions are incredibly ambitious: the fastest growth in the G7, ending health inequalities and restoring trust in our police.”

Other Labour national missions are clean energy superpower and breaking down barriers to opportunity for all.

Labour head into their party conference in Liverpool this weekend, with an average lead of 21pts over the Conservatives.

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