Keir Starmer holds a Q&A with the students at St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Blackpool, Lancashire (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)
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Keir Starmer today kicks off his summer tour with a two-day visit to Blackpool.
The Labour leader is embarking on a string of trips over the next few weeks as he aims to establish himself in the public eye.
Mr Starmer said: “For too long, politics has felt too remote from ordinary people’s lives and opinions.
“That’s why I’ve committed to spending a lot more time outside Westminster this summer, taking Labour’s offer on the road and direct to voters.
“I’ve got plans to create opportunities for everyone, and I’m looking forward to debating them with local people in Blackpool.
“I’ll be having robust conversations with people, particularly those who didn’t vote Labour at the last election.”
The Labour leader is finally out meeting the public after 15 months of leading through lockdowns
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)
Insiders have branded his schedule a “summer on the road” and hope it will help Mr Starmer to finally begin eating into Boris Johnson's poll leads.
His attempts to introduce himself to voters have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Starmer took the Labour helm from Jeremy Corbyn just two weeks into the first national lockdown at the height of last spring's crisis.
But the party's surprise victory in the Batley and Spen by-election pumped new vigour into his battle for No10.
During his tour of the country, he is expected to highlight Labour’s £15billion Children’s Recovery Plan – including breakfast clubs and small group tutoring to help kids catch up, mental health support in schools and extending free school meals.
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Mr Starmer will also point to its “Jobs Promise” to ensure every young person out of work for six months is offered a “quality education, training or employment opportunity”.
He will also cite its plan to “Make, Buy and Sell More in Britain” to boost the economy, especially in Red Wall areas – former Labour heartlands which the Tories won at the 2019 general election.
Mr Starmer said: “In Blackpool I’ll be putting forward Labour’s proposals to create real opportunities across Britain – opportunities that everyone deserves and that help our country thrive.
“Whoever you are and wherever you live, you deserve every chance to get on in life.”