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How can Keir Starmer control the PR nightmare engulfing Labour?

Eviscerating eco U-turns, ugly antisemitism rows and by-election woes – the last few days have been disastrous for the Labour leader. But there is some relief in sight, says Sean O’Grady

Thursday 15 February 2024 11:07 GMT
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Some of the stories likely to dominate in the next few days should take the heat off Keir Starmer and put it back on Rishi Sunak
Some of the stories likely to dominate in the next few days should take the heat off Keir Starmer and put it back on Rishi Sunak (PA)

With his U-turn on the £28bn green prosperity plan and the Labour campaign in the Rochdale by-election cancelled, it’s fair to say the last few days have been difficult for Keir Starmer. The news has been dominated unexpectedly by splits and antisemitism in his own party, and Starmer has found himself out of control of events. 

His oft-repeated claim that the Labour Party has changed under his leadership has been challenged, and his stance on Gaza continues to be a source of resentment among his MPs. Fortunately, Starmer has better prospects to look forward to in the coming days...

For how long will the Rochdale fiasco be in the headlines?

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