Keir Starmer, the Labour Party leader, is set to deliver a speech on Tuesday, painting a picture of a disoriented Conservative Party grappling with internal conflicts. Starmer argues that the Tories, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, are too embroiled in a 'psychodrama' to effectively govern the nation. The internal discord chiefly revolves around Sunak's contentious Rwanda deportation bill, aimed at sending asylum seekers to Rwanda—a plan that has sparked a rebellion within the party.
Conservative Party in Turmoil
The Tory party's internal disputes are largely due to the proposed Rwanda deportation legislation. The bill, which does not seek to override the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), is under scrutiny by a legal panel. A faction of the party, dubbed the 'star chamber,' is awaiting the panel's verdict before deciding whether to oppose the Prime Minister's emergency legislation. Another source of concern is the bill's provision requiring courts to deem Rwanda a 'safe' country for asylum seekers, fuelling further disagreements among party members.
Labour Party's Stance
Meanwhile, Starmer is gearing up to use this moment of Tory discord as an opportunity to highlight Labour's resilience. On the fourth anniversary of Labour's defeat in the 2019 general election, Starmer plans to argue that his party has 'fundamentally changed.' He will contrast Labour's readiness to lead the country with the ongoing struggles within the Conservative Party. Starmer's critique of the Tories comes amidst criticisms from the left regarding his comments on Margaret Thatcher's impact on Britain's entrepreneurial spirit. He later clarified his position by stating his disagreement with some of her policies.
Conservative Party's Rebuttal
Conservative Party Chairman, Richard Holden, has countered Starmer's criticisms, accusing him of lacking the principles necessary to lead the country. Holden alleges that Starmer plans to obstruct Conservative migration plans. Despite these charges, Starmer maintains that Labour is focused on developing credible solutions for the country's pressing problems, promising to spend funds wisely if his party comes to power.