In a speech at the Fabian Society conference, Sir Keir Starmer will say that the Prime Minister is guilty of “deception and deception” and “unable to lead”.
The main speech will see the Labor leader argue that Boris Johnson is “too preoccupied with defending his rule-breaking” to tackle the huge challenges facing the NHS.
Sir Keir will expose his “personal crusade” for NHS reform, accusing Conservative administrations since David Cameron of allowing the health service to fall into a “critical condition”. He will also outline his vision of a “contract for better health” under a Labor government, according to party officials.
A Labor government will ensure “a health system that is a little less system-focused and a lot more patient-focused”; health care provision will focus on prevention to better reflect Britain’s ‘older society’.
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The Labor leader will add: “We are witnessing the broken spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in deception and deception, unable to lead.”
“Instead of concentrating on overcoming the pandemic and reducing waiting lists, this self-congratulatory Tory party is fighting for a leader they should have known all along was unfit for office,” he is expected to say.
The speech comes after a week in which Johnson faced calls to resign after he admitted attending a “bring your own drink” event in Garden No 10 during the first coronavirus lockdown in May 2020. The first Minister told the Commons that he understood that the meeting was a “working event”. It was also revealed that two parties were held in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Sir Keir called on the prime minister to resign over the following allegations: “An apology is not the only thing the prime minister should offer the palace today. Boris Johnson should do the decent thing and resign.”
Before the new allegations on Friday night, 12 illegal parties were alleged to have taken place across the government between May and December 2020.
However, in the latest “partygate” twist, new reports have emerged of weekly drinking sessions being held in Downing Street during the COVID pandemic. It is alleged not. On October 10 he organized a weekly “Wine Time Friday”, an event scheduled on the electronic calendars of around 50 Downing Street employees between 4pm and 7pm every Friday. Meetings may have lasted until midnight, with the prime minister encouraging staff to “let off steam”.
First reported in the daily mirrorWeekly drinks are understood to be a long-standing Downing Street tradition coming in and out of COVID restrictions. The newspaper also published a photograph of what appears to be a £142 drinks fridge entering Downing Street on December 11, 2020. London was under “Level 2” restrictions at the time, when a maximum of six people could mingle outdoors. .
A source told the Mirror:: “Boris used to stop by to chat while they had a drink. … He knew it and encouraged it.”
No. 10 has not denied the claims and pointed to the ongoing investigation into multiple allegations of COVID breaches at Downing Street by civil servant Sue Gray. Ms Gray is not expected to publish her findings until next week at the earliest.
The latest YouGov poll gave Labor an 11-point lead over the Conservatives, the biggest recorded by the company since 2013. Labor’s popularity with voters was recorded at 40% on Friday, while that of the Tories fell to just 29%.