Labour amasses £8million from wealthy donors as it sets its sights on next election

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks at the Labour Party Business Conference on December 8, 2022 in London, England. The conference was intended to bring together business leaders and Labour MPs to discuss the party's plans to "reboot" the UK economy. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

LABOUR has amassed an £8million war chest from wealthy donors as the party sets its sights on the next election, their MPs have been told.

The opposition have already been handed £4m and are set to double their funds in cash pledged.

Labour sources say the party is happy with their fundraising efforts as they amass an £8million war chest for the next general election

But despite Labour’s lead in the polls, swing voters still think Rishi Sunak is a better PM than Sir Keir Starmer would ever be.

Voters in Wolverhampton, Heywood and Middleton and Hastings and Rye told the JL Partners group for Times Radio that they all backed Rishi.

Another added: “I don’t like Keir Starmer, I find him very flat.”

One said: “Rishi, he’s a pretty stable and competent guy, him as a person but not them as a party.”

One Labour individual said to Westminster observers: “We’re trying to convey managerial political standards, and so is Rishi.

“The difference is Rishi is doing it with a smile and Keir can’t do it with a smile.”

Cheerier news for Labour arrived from their Scottish leader, Anas Sarwar, who said it had a 31 per cent vote share in Scotland — which translates into 15 seats.

But for every one per cent gained, they’ll win another three seats.

Labour sources said they were happy with how their fundraising efforts were going.