Keir Starmer pledges to create a Britain that Scots are ‘proud of’ | Keir Starmer

The next Labor government will create a Britain that Scots ‘are not just a part of, but proud of’, promised Keir Starmer, accusing the Tories and Scottish nationalists of being ‘united at the hip’ in their desire to keep the country “paused in the politics of 2014 forever”.

Britain’s Labor leader accused Boris Johnson of weakening the union ‘every day it remains in power’, telling campaigners gathered at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall: ‘I refuse to accept that all that matters is is where people were during the Scottish Referendum, or the Brexit Referendum.

In his first speech to a Scottish Labor conference since becoming leader, Starmer was explicit about the need for Scottish support for the party to win at Westminster. “Scottish votes have never had so much weight in a general election,” he said. “Those who claim that Scotland cannot choose the government it wants are wrong.”

And to long applause, he warned campaigners that “to run away from the mainstream is to run away from the voters”.

Continuing his robust approach to left-wing criticism within Labour, he said: “We can win and we can bring about change, or we can seek apparent political purity within this party. But make no mistake, we can’t do both.

Dismissing the ‘cynical’ and ‘distracted’ Tory government at Westminster – ‘so unsavory that even Scottish Tories are genuinely embarrassed by it’ – Starmer told his audience: ‘I am angry that we have allowed these Tories to to beat.

In a speech that quoted the late John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, he said: ‘This is up to all of us to fix and we can fix it. It is our duty to win. I believe we can. But our biggest obstacle may not be the Conservatives, but ourselves.

Amid optimism that Labour’s rise in popularity at British level could help revive the fortunes of the Scottish party, which remains Holyrood’s third largest party, Starmer promised that Brown’s commission on the future of the Kingdom United “would create a new blueprint for a new Britain”. and “unlocking the power of decentralization”.

Smashing the records of the Tories in Westminster and the SNP in Holyrood, he continued: ‘Beyond being joined at the hip in wanting to turn every election into the same referendum over and over again, they have no industrial strategy to take up the challenge of our age. They lack the credible policies we need to create and sustain decent jobs.

“Decades of power between them…neither the Tories nor the SNP have done enough to secure the jobs and industries of the future.”

At the start of his speech, Starmer struck a somber tone, describing Putin’s aggression in Ukraine as “an affront to the values ​​of this country, this party and the international institutions we helped build.”

Invite the conference room to Thanking the British military and their families “for all they do to protect us”, Starmer reiterated his demand for the “toughest sanctions” against Putin and promised that the next Labor government would “also rebuild our own defences”.

He concluded by telling campaigners he would not apologize if the party continued to change: ‘Tony Blair said the only Labor tradition he had wanted to change was losing – too fair’ and pledging for a “United Kingdom, reengaged in the world, fierce in our defense of freedom, always alert, and apologist for no one”.