Keir Starmer vows to make Britain strongest growing economy in G7 – but is slammed for u-turns on national security

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer delivers a speech at the head office of the Co-Operative Group in Manchester, unveiling plans for a mission-led Labour government, with five national missions setting out his objectives for a Labour government if the party gains power at the next general election. Picture date: Thursday February 23, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

SIR Keir Starmer today vowed to make Britain the strongest growing economy in the G7 – but was slammed for constantly u-turning on promises.

In Manchester the Labour Leader launched his “five missions for a better Britain”.

Sir Keir Starmer laid out his five missions for Britain in a major speech today

Echoing Rishi Sunak’s five pledges for government, Sir Keir insisted he’d boost the economy, save the NHS, improve education, crack down on crime and tackle the climate crisis.

He blasted “sticking plaster politics” and “short term obsessions that fixate Westminster”.

And he pledged to find long-term solutions for Britain.

But the Labour Leader was grilled over how he can be trusted when so many historic promises have been shattered.

This morning, Sir Keir said he agreed with the High Court’s decision to ban terrorist sympathiser and ISIS bride Shamima Begum from re-entering the UK.

But in 2019 the Labour Leader advocated for her return.

Sir Keir previously described his disgraced predecessor Jeremy Corbyn as a “friend”.

But last week he banned the far-left politician from standing as a Labour MP at the next election.

And In 2018 Sir Keir passionately advocated for a second Brexit referendum.

But he’s now u-turned on overturning the democratic mandate and conceded he’ll make Brexit work.

In Manchester the Labour Leader hit back at accusations he’s untrustworthy.

“These are our missions, this is our way of working, and I’m very happy to have that tested.

“If anyone wants to know, to the public trust and want any of this, then there’s a very good way to find out. Let’s have a general election.”

On Begum Sir Keir added: “National security has to come first. The court has looked at all of the material and come to a very firm conclusion and I support what the court has done.

“Under a Labour Government national security will always come first.”

Discussing his plan for Britain if he makes it to No10, Sir Keir said: “Mission-driven government is a different way altogether.

“Not state control or pure free markets, but a genuine partnership, sleeves rolled-up, working for the national interest.”

On the economy the Labour Leader insisted he’d unleash growth – “the oxygen for our ambitions, the lifeblood of a strong society and a successful economy”.

And he promised to make Britain the fastest growing economy in the G7.

“Britain needs to create more wealth needs to be more competitive,” the Labour Leader said.

“It must be powered by good jobs and stronger productivity in every part of the country.”

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