Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in a fresh heat was accused of being in hock to the unions after it was discovered that they are behind in every outside donation to the party since he became the leader of the party.
The party received £1.3 million in three months after Sir Keir was appointment and 96 per cent came from trade unions. Electoral Commission figures revealed one donation from an individual, a bequest of £54,000, and there was no business that gave funding within the period.
“No wonder Sir Keir Starmer is clinging on to Corbyn’s stale lefty policies when Labour’s being bankrolled by their union paymasters. Sir Keir claims to be bringing in a new leadership but it’s clear he’s still at the beck and call of the unions,” Amanda Milling, who chairs the Conservative Party, said.
The former lawyer is expected to move the party forward from Jeremy Corbyn’s electorally failed reign when he delivers his first major speech as Labour leader at the Labour conference on Tuesday.
However, powerful union baron Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has opined that Sir Keir will be in trouble if he moves too far away from Corbynite policies while noting that the new Labour leader was elected on a radical platform.
“I want to help him, those on the left want to help him, but he said he’s listening to people around the country, which he is, and he needs to listen to the left because without the left within our movement, Keir will, I’m afraid, steer the ship onto the rocks and I don’t think he’ll do that,” Mr McCluskey said.
Sir Keir has clarified that the party is under new leadership and recognises the scale of its historic defeat last December, partly reasons Labour’s annual conference is holding online with a few events than usual.
“That was devastating for the Labour Party, devastating for the Labour movement and for the millions of people who desperately needed Labour government. So, recognising that listening to those that no longer vote Labour, and I’ve spent the last six months listening and asking for conversations with people that are difficult rather than easy, and changing and focusing on the future,” he said.
Sir Keir hinted that it’s in the national interest for Britain to secure a Brexit deal but didn’t immediately say whether his party would back an agreement in parliament or not.
“We will look at what comes back, but if it’s in the best interests of the country, then we’ll look at it, of course, we will because a deal is in the national interest,” he said.
This comes after the Labour leader faced a heated argument with Sky News host Sophy Ridge who ridiculed him for a sudden turn around from a non-Brexit supporter to a major supporter now, plus stealing the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Brexit slogan.
Ridge said, “I am quite interested in your conversion from someone who supported a second referendum to now promoting “get on with Brexit”.