Keir Starmer says he's fixed the Labour Party since becoming leader: 'We had to root out the antisemitism'

Sir Keir Starmer was speaking as he outlined plans to 'move Britain forward'

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Sir Keir Starmer has claimed that he has fixed the Labour Party since becoming leader, saying "we had to root out the antisemitism."

Speaking as he outlined plans to "move Britain forward" during a speech in Newcastle, Sir Keir said: “I’m impatient to get things done, I can see what’s wrong with Britain and I want to fix it.

“It’s what I’ve done with my own party.

“When I took this job on in April 2020, I knew we had a big task before us.

Sir Keir Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer
His comments come days after Boris Johnson resigned as Tory Party leader
His comments come days after Boris Johnson resigned as Tory Party leader

“We had to change our party and prepare for power all in one go, to remake a Labour Party that understand its purpose is service, not self-indulgence. Country first, party second.

“That’s why we had to root out the antisemitism which had infected our party.

“That’s why we had to show our support for NATO is non-negotiable, show that we want business to thrive and to prosper and shed policies that won’t work.”

"The Labour Party was stuck, stuck in opposition, stuck licking its wounds after four painful defeats

"Of course we still have more to do but now Labour is moving forward again."

The speech comes just days after Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader, sparking a leadership battle.

Mr Johnson will stay on as Prime Minister until a new Tory leader is announced, with politicians already beginning to throw their names into the hat.

Among those to have already signalled their intent to run for new leader include Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Nadhim Zahawi.