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Sir Keir Starmer has been warned that he has no chance of winning back the votes of millions of Britons unless he completely overhauls Labour’s ideology and direction. Deborah Mattinson, the former pollster turned Labour’s Director of Strategy, said vast swathes of the electorate still have no clue what Sir Keir stands for and where the party is going. This will, she said, likely result in yet another Conservative victory at the 2024 general election – meaning Labour being out of power for 14 years.

Ms Mattinson made the comments during a briefing attended by Sir Keir, shadow ministers and MPs, which included devastating internal polling and findings from focus groups days before the summer recess.

This all comes ahead of Labour’s annual party conference in Brighton this September, which will mark the first time Sir Keir has spoken before many Labour members in-person.

According to the Observer, the Corbynite Left of the Labour Party are preparing for the event where they will push for “conference battles”.

These, the publication claims, are designed to hand “grassroots members more power over MPs”.

Labour Party: The Corbynite Left are preparing to propose a slew of radical policies

Labour Party: The Corbynite Left are preparing to propose a slew of radical policies (Image: GETTY)

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Keir Starmer: The Labour leader is struggling to consolidate the wings of his party (Image: GETTY)

Former leader Jeremy Corbyn famously galvanised Labour’s youth and grassroots movement, divesting in them sprawling powers not seen for decades.

Now, motions are also “being circulated” seeking to replace council tax with a “land value tax”.

This, the Observer said, was aimed at the wealthy.

Another motion similarly risks dividing the party, this time over the Trident nuclear weapons system.

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For his entire political career, Mr Corbyn has been vehemently against Trident, bringing to the frontbench those who shared the same views, many of which remain in the party.

Sir Keir, meanwhile, previously voted to renew Trident.

He has also said that the Opposition’s “support for nuclear deterrence is non-negotiable”.

Yet, the radical elements of the party are expected to call on their leader and his colleagues to sign up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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Blackpool: Starmer has been visiting various communities up and down the country in recent weeks

Blackpool: Starmer has been visiting various communities up and down the country in recent weeks (Image: GETTY)

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A third group has demanded Labour adopt a “Covid elimination strategy” designed to force the party to be more aggressive in attacking the government over its handling of the pandemic.

And, another motion that has won strong support of local parties calls for Labour to back a move towards proportional representation for Westminster elections.

Sir Keir also has on his plate the question of the public and how they perceive his leadership.

According to a recent YouGov survey, 61 percent of Britons do not believe that he looks like a “Prime Minister in waiting”.

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Brexit: Many blame Starmer’s Brexit flip-flopping on why people are weary of him (Image: Express Newspapers)

Just 18 percent think he is fit for the role as things currently stand.

Many say this is largely because the country still hardly knows who Sir Keir is.

He has, as a result, travelled tirelessly up and down the country in recent weeks to acquaint himself with former and current Labour voters in a bid to win their trust.

Yet, in a trip to Blackpool last month where he sat down with voters, at least one person present calmed not to know who he was.

Labour conference: It will be the first time Starmer speaks in front of his party on a mass scale

Labour conference: It will be the first time Starmer speaks in front of his party on a mass scale (Image: GETTY)

Many more were unsure of what he stood for.

Currently, most polls put the Conservatives a country mile ahead of Labour.

According to YouGov, if a general election were held tomorrow, 44 percent of Britons would vote for the Tories.

Just 31 percent of voters pledge allegiance to Labour.



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