The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, has urged his colleagues to take cue from the party’s defeat in Uxbridge, in the just ended by-election. According to Starmer, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, is to be blamed for the defeat.
Officials within the labour party opined that, the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) bill, by the London Mayor, contributed to the party’s abysmal performance in the election.
However, after running an anti-tax campaign on the Ulez bill, Conservative Steve Tuckwell won the seat. Tuckwell claimed that, Labour lost the seat, due to the “damaging and expensive Ulez policy.” Sir Keir revealed that, there is “something very wrong” when a Labour policy appeared on “each and every Tory leaflet,” during his address at party’s national forum. Mr.
In spite of a significant Labour advantage, the Conservatives narrowly retained control of Uxbridge in the third by-election. Sir Keir Starmer explained that, due to the defeat in Uxbridge, the party still has a long way to go, though all indications showed that, the party had an enormous advantage over the Conservative Party in the by-elections.
Notwithstanding, Tory lost two of its safer seats to the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party. 25-year-old Keir Mather won the Selby and Ainsty seat in North Yorkshire. Mather will emerge as the Youngest MP in the House of Commons.
The Uxbridge Conservative victory generated discussions regarding the green policies of both parties. Though Mr. Khan has defended the policy as a correct choice, Starmer insisted that, the Ulez proposal cost the party’s success in Uxbridge.
During his visit to Shefford, Bedfordshire, the Labour leader stated that, “I don’t think there is any doubt that Ulez was the reason why we lost the election in Uxbridge.”
“But we’re not sitting back, we’re not looking over our shoulder, we are pressing forward,” Sir Keir added, after revealing that he has spoken with the mayor of London.
Regarding a question directed to him that, if the labour party would consider having a second thought about their green policies, Starmer replied that, “when it comes to green commitments, it’s not a question of whether they should be done, of course it needs to be done, it’s how they’re done. So there’s a discussion to be had about that.”
Ulez is a daily £12.50 fee paid by drivers, if their cars does not satisfy specific pollution criteria, to drive in London. Prior to its expansion to include the North and South Circular roads in 2021, it was initially applied to the some central area as a traffic charge. However, beginning on August 29, a new extension will include all the areas in London.
The Uxbridge outcome, according to Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner, showed that, “when you don’t listen to voters, you don’t win elections.”
While stating that, municipalities must have clean air, she however cautioned that, those who required new automobiles should be given “proper compensation and support” to ensure that the program does not come “at the cost of working families.”
At a time when families have been grappling with the burden of rising costs of living, some on the conservative party’s right argue that reversing some green programs would win over voters.