Oh dear, Keir! Labour in a ‘far worse position’ than it knows, Westminster veteran claims

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Commenting on his own tenure as leader of the Tory party in the late 90s, Lord William Hague claimed Sir Keir will soon realise he has a “much bigger problem” to solve. Not only does the Tory party have an 80-seat majority in the Commons but belief in the competence of Sir Keir’s Shadow Cabinet still remains unclear due to Labour’s U-turns on certain policies. Likening the current situation to his own battle against Tony Blair’s Labour party in 1997, Lord Hague claimed Mr Johnson is successfully dismantling Sir Keir’s policies.

By increasing public expenditure, levelling up the North of England and increasing cooperation tax, Lord Hague, who served as leader of the Opposition between 1997 to 2001, stated the Prime Minister is taking up policies Labour would have liked to employ.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “Sir Keir has had many more opportunities to attack the Government and criticise ministers than I ever had in the early days of Tony Blair’s premiership, when it seemed that New Labour could do no wrong.

“He has established that he is moderate Left, not far-Left like his predecessor.

“But he is probably realising that he has a much bigger problem to solve.”

Due to the vaccine programme, the Tory party has increased to 45 percent in YouGov’s voting intention in comparison to Labour’s 32 percent as of March 3-4.

Sir Keir’s party has come under fire for changing its stance on a number of coronavirus provisions.

Indeed, Sir Keir had initially called for schools to close as a “last resort” before later claiming schools should be closed ahead of Mr Johnson’s lockdown announcement.

Sir Keir has also been questioned over his support to remain in the EU but eventually whipping his party to support Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal in December.

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Due to this, many within his party criticised the leader for not sticking with Remain and allowing Mr Johnson to deliver a landmark deal.

Lord Hague himself also questioned the belief in whether a Labour Government would have secured a historic Brexit deal and successfully navigate the UK out of the EU.

He added: “The major parallel today is how to make the most of Brexit, which Sir Keir spent so much effort opposing.

“Now that it has happened, the politics of Brexit are entirely different.

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“Whether voters were for or against leaving the EU, most of them now want any government to be energetic in following it up and full of ideas about how to make it work.

“Can anyone currently imagine Labour doing more radical trade deals around the world?

“Or making a better job of the many negotiations with the EU still to come?

“Or introducing the nimbler, more streamlined regulation in various industries that is clearly the key to getting ahead, as we have in life sciences?

“Until they can picture Sir Keir and his colleagues doing this, the public will see Labour as not keeping up with a changing world.”

Some Labour MPs are questioning why the party has allegedly stopped them from mentioning Brexit in the media or in Parliament.

Former cabinet member Peter Hain, claimed Brexit had now become the elephant in the room for Labour.

A senior backbench MP told The Observer that there had been radio silence on the issue.

They said: “The order that is coming out is: ‘Don’t mention the war.’

“We are being told that Keir wants to move on and that if we mention the B-word let alone suggest we a need better deal with the EU than Boris Johnson’s we are being unhelpful.”

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