Keir Starmer outlines planned Labour Party 'changes'
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The Prime Minister’s former chief adviser claimed that neither Labour or the Conservatives are focused on “being a serious Government”. It came after Hartlepool’s by-election results were announced early on Friday morning which saw the Tories take the so-called ‘Red Wall seat’ from Sir Keir’s party.
People across the UK headed to polling stations on ‘super Thursday’ – a day of elections that will have profound implications for the future of the UK and the Labour party.
Mr Cummings branded the Labour leader as a “beta-lawyer-gamma-politician” who “obsesses on media reality not actual reality”.
The ex-adviser went on to claim he had no knowledge of who Labour’s shadow chancellor was until he searched Anneliese Dodds on the internet.
Mr Cummings tweeted: “A measure of how bad [Keir Starmer] is: until I googled yesterday I didn’t know who Shadow CHX is & when I looked at photo I had 0 recognition, she never touched my consciousness in a year.”
He then presented a scenario in which he believes Labour would “win the next election easy”.
Mr Cummings tweeted: “If LAB had a leader 80% as good at comms as Blair + focused on Actual Reality, they’d win next GE easy.”
But he claimed the party either “don’t or won’t” so it is “impossible now to be confident re what will happen, both parties cd easily be hated/held in contempt at same time [sic]”.
Mr Cummings did not hold back on criticism for his ex-boss.
In Hartlepool’s by-election on Thursday, Labour lost the constituency for the first time since the seat’s creation 47 year ago.
Mr Cummings claimed the result was proof of his strategy as head of the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum and for the Tories’ 2019 campaign.
The ex-adviser told his 30,000 followers to “ignore” the “babble” of “pundits who ‘explained’ why Vote Leave’s plan to realign politics was mad/stupid/impossible”.
He claimed those pundits “now give post hoc ‘explanations’ for why it’s all so logical/inevitable”.
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Mr Cummings explained that Vote Leave’s success was based on their belief that talk of a political “centre ground” was “false”.
He added: “SW1 didn’t learn after 2016 & provided a chance for us to win again in 19, ignoring pundit howling.”
In his string of tweets, Mr Cummings also lashed out at Mr Johnson’s Downing Street operation.
He wrote: “We have a No10 & Opposition who see their job as Media Entertainment Service.
“Neither will try to be… a government.”
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