Labour civil war threat as Starmer warned left-wing members ‘have knives out for him’

Keir Starmer is in 'big trouble' with Labour voters says Bridgen

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Sir Keir Starmer will be tested in upcoming elections – which include the London and Scottish Parliamentary elections – on whether his plans for a centrist Labour party will work out for him. He was warned that adopting a more left-leaning party from Jeremy Corbyn would mean his supporters may punish Starmer by withdrawing their support for him should he divert from his predecessor. Labour lost the last election by a landslide which many blame on Corbyn’s left-wing views which has caused political divisions within the party. 

Speaking on talkRadio, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen discussed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s upcoming Budget. 

Host Patrick Christys asked: “Is there a risk, do you think, of alienating some Conservative voters who do want lower tax?

“You know we’ve already had Boris doing his thing for the environment which basically the Conservative voters don’t seem to care too much about.

“Now if Rishi Sunak raises taxes could the Tories be in a bit of trouble with their base do you think?”

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Mr Bridgen replied: “I don’t think so, I think Starmer is in big trouble. 

“We’ve got local elections coming up in a couple of months time, they’re going to be fascinating. 

“But I think Starmer has got a lot more to lose that even the Conservatives have. 

“We’re doing okay in the polls, we’ve got the rollout of vaccine which is seen as what is exemplar by the Government. 

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“And we’re going to be miles ahead of the rest of the world so it’s all looking good for that.

“And I think unless Starmer does well, and he’s trying to drag the Labour Party to the centre-ground quite rightly. 

“But the problem is he inherited from the legacy of Jeremy Corbyn, the most left-wing Labour parliamentary party in history and they’ll have the knives out for him.”

According to Politico, Labour trail four points behind the Tories in the polls. 

This is despite a huge 20 point fall by the Conservatives during the Dominic Cummings scandal where Boris Johnson defended his advisor. 

Labour will be running in both the Scottish Parliamentary and London Mayoral elections. 

Anas Sarwar has recently been elected leader of the Scottish Labour party and will lead their campaign. 

Sadiq Khan is standing again for London Mayor, with both elections happening on May 6. 

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