Keir Starmer is mercilessly heckled by angry Labour members during key conference speech

SIR Keir Starmer battled mercilessly heckling by disgruntled Labour members during his major conference speech today.

Party activists yelled “it was your Brexit policy!” as the Labour leader addressed Jeremy Corbyn’s 2019 election thumping to the Tories.

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Keir Starmer giving his speech in Brighton today[/caption]

He was even interrupted when talking movingly about his late mother’s illness.

It comes after a fraught few days of infighting in Brighton as Sir Keir sought to banish the hard-left to the party’s margins for good.

Exasperated Sir Keir was forced to stop speaking entirely at one point as the shouting from fired-up members became so relentless.

Visibly frustrated he snapped back: “Shouting slogans or changing lives conference?”

Allies view the speech as a major reset moment for Sir Keir’s leadership after a bruising 18 months in charge.

It’s his first time speaking to the party faithful in person after Covid throttled his efforts to make an impression with voters.

He’s also battled bitter infighting, that flared up again this week when a leftie shadow cabinet minister resigned with an attack on Sir Keir for abandoning socialism.

Laying out his stall he said: “I see the government lost in the woods with two paths beckoning. One path leads back where we came from.

“None of the lessons of Covid are heeded. The divisions and flaws that were brutally exposed by the pandemic all worsen.
 
“But there is another path down which we address the chronic problems revealed by Covid with the kindness and the togetherness that got us through.

“That path leads to a future in which a smart government enlists the brilliance of scientific invention to create an economy in which people are healthy and well-educated. A contribution society in which everyone has their role to play.”



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