While he will see the result as justification for his decision to relentlessly focus on Conservative hypocrisy, it has only been months since Sir Keir Starmer fought for his political life.
The consensus is that he would have faced a leadership challenge had Labor lost the seat to Batley and Spen in a tumultuous by-election which saw Kim Leadbeater win by just 300 votes.
Proof that a handful of voices can change the course of politics, the victory gave Sir Keir a chance to refresh his first bench and grow into an effective opposition confident in his ability to hold temperamental ministers to account. Yet while tactical voting has been a feature of countless by-elections, it has had less influence in the last general election where voters effectively choose a prime minister. This is a caveat that should be added to the analysis of the North Shropshire result.
And while the erosion of trust in Boris Johnson has the potential to be an electoral opportunity for Sir Keir, it is, paradoxically, his biggest obstacle due to the public’s deep-rooted skepticism about the motivations and priorities of the people. politicians from all parties.
As such, his challenge to demonstrate why he and his team deserve the public’s trust so soon after he tries to challenge the will of the people on Brexit. Sir Keir is expected to start by providing the kind of proactive and progressive political leaflet that propelled Tony Blair to power in 1997, when voters last grew weary of a sleazy Tory government.
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