September 23, 2020

"Out of touch": 10 things everyone should know about Labour after their Conference

Here are the top 10 things everyone should know about Labour after their 2020 Conference

  1. Sir Keir Starmer has been unable to name a single policy difference between him and Jeremy Corbyn
  2. Kate Green, the Shadow Education Secretary, has shown Labour want to play politics with people’s lives calling the coronavirus pandemic a 'good crisis' the party can exploit.
  3. A former Labour minister has conceded her party is ‘out of touch’ with the British public.
  4. Labour’s top team have been told ‘your job is not to generate policy, it’s to get out there and attack the Tories’ - showing they are still focused on the sort of political point scoring that people decided to move on from at last year’s election.
  5. New analysis showed that 96 per cent of Labour’s funding comes from trade unions – whose leaders have demanded that they don’t abandon Corbyn’s far-left policies. 
  6. Shadow Business Minister, Seema Malhotra, argued that handouts for everyone should be an ‘important part’ of Labour’s economic plan – following the thinking of Jeremy Corbyn.
  7. The Labour leader refused to give answers on important issues like whether he would back a trade deal with the EU, whether Labour would back or block a second Scottish independence referendum or if he would use the nuclear deterrent if needed to keep our country safe.
  8. Labour’s Deputy Leader has been none-too-subtle in suggesting that Sir Keir should ‘get out of the way’ in favour of an alternative leader. 
  9. It has been revealed that Sir Keir has previously suggested it was racist to argue for any control on immigration, saying ‘it is not a question of numbers, it’s a question of racism’. 
  10. And on coronavirus, the most pressing issue facing our country today, he explicitly refused to set out any alternative plan – so that he can continue to play the same old politics and just criticise and blame.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)