Sir Keir Starmer today boasted he is set to enter 10 Downing Street at the next general election as he celebrated Labour’s local election results.
The Labour leader made an appearance in Medway this morning after his party seized control of the Kent council from the Tories for the first time since 1998.
A jubilant Sir Keir described it as a “stunning job”, telling supporters: “You didn’t just get it over the line, you blew the doors off.”
The Labour leader also insisted he is on course to evict Rishi Sunak from No 10 at the next general election.
He said: “And we’re having fantastic results across the country. Plymouth, Stoke, Middlesbrough, all the places that we need to win, the battlegrounds.
“Make no mistake, we are on course for a Labour majority at the next general election.”
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Sir Keir, who has sought to distance himself from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, added that Labour has “changed”.
He said: “What we’ve shown together is that we can make change.
“We’ve changed our party. We’ve won the trust, the confidence, of voters, and now we can go on to change our country. Change is possible. A better Britain is possible.”
With full results from 61 of the 230 local authorities in England where elections were being held, Labour has gained control of three councils and added 138 councillors.
Meanwhile, the Tories have lost nine councils and suffered a net loss of 190 councillors.
Sir Keir’s party expects to have its best local election results since 1997, with an equivalent vote share lead of at least 8 percent over the Tories, which could result in a majority Labour government if repeated at a Westminster contest.
Shabana Mahmood, Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator, said: “These results show that we are on course for a majority Labour government.”
But Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this morning insisted there is no “massive groundswell of movement” towards Labour as he played down Tory losses.
Speaking outside the Conservative campaign headquarters in central London, he said: “I am not detecting any massive groundswell of movement towards the Labour Party or excitement for their agenda.”
The PM said it was “hard to draw firm conclusions” from the initial results, with more set to come in throughout the day.
Labour took Medway off the Tories and will run the Kent council for the first time since 1998.
The outgoing Conservative council leader told his party to “get their act together” on multiple fronts.
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