Labour 'made mistake' on Brexit stance says Campbell
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Alastair Campbell told LBC’s Iain Dale that Labour backing the UK Government’s Brexit deal was a mistake and resulted in the party “disabling themselves” on the key issue. Mr Campbell added the Labour Party is now reluctant to speak about Brexit despite it “going wrong in all sorts of places”.
Mr Dale asked: “What happened at Christmas which turned Keir Starmer from a threat to the Tories to someone who they think is a bit of laughing stock?”
Mr Campbell replied: “I think they’d be foolish to think that if that’s what they think.
“A combination of things have reduced his impact.
“One, he keeps going on about Covid has made it difficult to get out and about and meet people.
“I think if you’re a top-flight politician you can always get out and about, not least by coming and talking to you.
“Labour has been a little too static for about a year – Covid, Brexit.
“I think disabling themselves on Brexit by backing the deal was a mistake.
“I think that it means that now Brexit is going wrong in all sorts of places, they just don’t want to talk about it.”
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However, when Mr Campbell was asked whether Keir Starmer’s record on Brexit will always be a problem, he backed the Labour Party leader to overcome the obstacle.
Alastair said: “I really don’t. I think that’s such a Westminster thing.
“The problem with Keir out in those seats is that they don’t know who he is.
“I can’t stop laughing when I hear them projecting him as this great Remainer.
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“He was the one who sat in my kitchen and said why are you wasting your time with this People’s Vote campaign? It’s just not going to happen.”
Sir Keir Starmer has been the leader of the Labour Party since April 2020.
Sir Keir reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet after suffering a brutal loss in the May 2021 local elections.
The Labour Party also lost the crucial Hartlepool by-election in May 2021, a seat they had previously held since its creation.
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