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How to save Keir Starmer’s flagging Labour leadership

From Wilson to Blair, past party leaders have thrived with tricks just as tacky as Union Jacks. But skilled political conjurers never let the daylight in on their magic

By Steve Richards  

Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

For the first time since becoming Labour leader, Keir Starmer faces a range of doubters in his party and across the media. Despite Britain’s terrible pandemic death rate, as the vaccine rolls out, the last six published polls collated at BritainElects.Com have the government in the lead. And suddenly, a fashionable question becomes whether Starmer is up to the job. 

Most opposition leaders endure such frenzies and they are noisier now with social media. Even so, the worry for Starmer is that this question was never posed starkly of the two Labour leaders that won an election from opposition. In…

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