UK Labour leadership candidate promises ‘attack unit that lays bare every Tory failure’

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Keir Starmer has vowed to create an “attack unit” aimed at exposing “Tory failure” if he is elected Labour leader.

The unit, which would come from Labour’s media team, would begin work following a proposed restructuring of the party.

The comments came as a YouGov poll for Sky News of people eligible to vote in the leadership election put Mr Starmer on 53%, well ahead of left-wing candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey on 31% and Lisa Nandy on 16%.

The survey suggests Mr Starmer could win in the first round of the ballot.

I want to see a properly deployed Attack and Rebuttal Unit that lays bare every single Tory failure,” he wrote in the Daily Mirror.

The Holborn and St Pancras MP wrote in his column that the party had to unite if it was to earn voters’ trust and move from opposition to Government.

“People won’t trust us if we spend more time fighting ourselves than the Tories,” he added.

He also proposed a programme for the next two decades “every bit as transformative as the one” Labour founder Keir Hardie proposed 120 years ago.

What they were saying was we want change, desperately want change, but we don’t trust your party

Earlier, the leadership frontrunner said Prime Minister Boris Johnson won December general election because Labour made the Conservative leader look good.

He denied that the Prime Minister’s force of personality was a key part of the Tory victory, telling ITV’s Peston: “No. We made him look good.

“I think I went to 44 constituencies with campaign teams in the general election – nobody reported back to me the people were saying ‘Boris Johnson’s great, he’s just what we want’.

“What they were saying was we want change, desperately want change, but we don’t trust your party.”

Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey are the last three contenders for the Labour leadership

Members and party supporters have begun voting in the leadership contest this week, with batches of ballot papers being sent out by email and post.

They will also select a new deputy leader from Angela Rayner, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon.

The winners are set to be named on April 4 and will take up the roles immediately.

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