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Sir Keir Starmer has just finished delivering his speech to the TUC conference. He was speaking at Congress House, the TUC HQ in London, before a small audience, but the conference is essentially online and most of the conference “attendees” would have been watching virtually.
It was a relatively routine speech in which Starmer restated some of Labour’s proposals on workers’ rights but stressed that the party would not be able to implement them until it won power.
When I think about a new deal for workers I think of my dad. He worked on the factory floor all his life. Going to work at 8 in the morning, home for tea at 5, back to work 6 till 10 o’clock at night, 5 days a week. He did that to provide for our family.
So the starting point is a job to raise a family on. That means a real living wage …
We want businesses to focus on their recovery from the pandemic rather than have to deal with new requirements at the border, which is why we’ve set out a pragmatic new timetable for introducing full border controls.
Businesses will now have more time to prepare for these controls which will be phased in throughout 2022.