Sir Keir Starmer dismisses 10 ‘socialist’ Labor promises.

“A lot has happened in the last two years. We’ve been through Covid, we’ve got debt on a scale we haven’t seen in a long, long time if ever before,” Sir Keir told BBC Radio 4.

“We have to go into the next election making decisions, where we have to say we will do X because we can afford it, but we may not be able to do Y and to be open and transparent.”

Asked if that meant his 10 leadership promises were now dead in the water, he replied: “Yes. The financial situation has changed, the debt situation has changed.”

The Confederation of British Industry had previously put the initial cost of Labour’s nationalization plans at £196 billion.

Sir Keir acknowledged the move would anger those on the left of his party, and agreed that “saying no” to your own side “is the hardest thing” to do in politics.

He promises to uphold radical values

Despite his statements, the 10 pledges are still on his website, where he says they are based on “the moral case for socialism” and promises to “uphold our radical values”.

Matt Zarb-Cousin, a former Corbyn spokesman, said: “If Starmer was honest about his intentions, or if there was any ambiguity, he would not have won the leadership.

“That’s why he felt the need to post the 10 pledges and put them first on his website and a mass mailing to all members that would have cost tens of thousands.”

Sir Keir acknowledged the move may anger those on the left of the party, adding that “saying no” to your own side “is the hardest thing” to do in politics.

Despite his statements, the 10 pledges “based on the moral case for socialism” were still on his website along with a vow to “maintain our radical values”.

And the Labor leader faced a second day of backlash from Corbynite MPs for abandoning the party’s commitment to renationalisation.

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