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Starmer promises ‘big renewal’ of the NHS in a bid to make Labor a winner of the vote | Keir Starmer

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Keir Starmer promises a ‘great renewal’ for the NHS as he begins to outline Labour’s plans for government, capitalizing on scandals engulfing the Conservative Party.

With Labor leading in the polls, party strategists are keen to indicate what a Starmer government would aim to achieve if it wins the next general election.

Outlining his expectations for the NHS in the Guardian, Starmer said: ‘We will focus on the kind of renewal that has only ever been possible under Labor governments.

“Just as the Blair government refocused health services on outcomes, we would move from simply treating disease to preventing it. When I was Director of Public Prosecutions, I hardly had a case where early intervention could not have changed lives before they were unraveled. It is the same thing in the field of health. “

He also highlighted the role of technology, such as “hospital-at-home” systems where patients can be monitored remotely, saying the answer to health service challenges is not “just throwing money around.” money on the problem”, but to be “medico-legal with investment”.

Starmer, who will address the Fabian Society conference on Saturday, also accused the government of being too preoccupied with the Downing Street party scandal to rule the country.

“Precious time is wasted on the latest internal Tory psychodrama instead of sorting out the mess they have created,” he said.

Labor hopes to capitalize on Johnson’s tainted reputation to outperform the Tories in May’s local elections in England, as the next step in Starmer’s plan to revive the party’s fortunes.

All of London’s borough councils are up for grabs on May 5, along with a third of the seats in a range of metropolitan boroughs. Most were last fought in 2018 when Jeremy Corbyn was in charge, a year after the 2017 general election campaign when he stripped Theresa May of her majority.

The projected national share of the vote from the May 2018 council results puts Labor on par with the Conservatives at 35%. This year, Labor hopes to emerge victorious.

“We have never won a series of elections, whether local, European or national, since 2014, under three leaders,” said a Labor strategist. “It’s almost certainly the longest losing streak by any political party here in history. We need to break that this year.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats are hoping to make inroads in municipal elections in the “blue wall” areas where they hope to sit in a future general election. Ed Davey’s party won a stunning victory in the North Shropshire by-election last month, having laid the groundwork for a spirited campaign in last year’s local elections.

Tory MPs are warned the party could lose Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet in London – although Labor sources are cautious, pointing out that even in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, when Labor was on the rise in London, Wandsworth remained out of reach.

Elections analyst Robert Hayward said while the recent shift in poll numbers made the May election more difficult for Johnson, the likely focus on results in London, a Labor stronghold, also posed problems for Starmer.

“Until recently they were in a pretty strong position as governments spent 11 years in power. And clearly things could still change by May,” Hayward said.

While boundary changes in Tory-held Wandsworth were likely to help Labor win that, he said, other Labor targets in Westminster, Barnet and Hillingdon remained too close to call.

“The stakes are high for both leaders,” said Hayward, who is also a conservative peer. “Starmer is perceived as metropolitan. How would you feel as a Labor MP in a Midlands or North fringe seat if he can’t even sweep the expected London boroughs? “

If Johnson’s future remains in the balance in May, a key indicator for the Prime Minister would be results in places like Sandwell, Rotherham and Doncaster, where the Tories won seats in local elections last year, a said Hayward: “Has the tide come back for conservatives in these kinds of places, has it partially died out or not at all? “

A boost for Johnson could be a poll bounce had Covid restrictions been largely lifted, with cases falling, as happened with vaccinations last year, he added: ” I think it’s very possible, and it will be one of the things No 10 is praying for,” he said.

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