Covid hit UK hard because of years of Conservative rule, Keir Starmer to say

Labour leader to claim that poorer people have been disproportionately hit because Tories ‘weakened foundations of society’

Keir Starmer will use a major speech on Thursday to claim that the coronavirus pandemic has hit the UK disproportionately hard because 10 years of Conservative rule “weakened the foundations of our society”.

The Labour leader, who has faced internal criticism in recent weeks for failing to chart a clear political course, will say Rishi Sunak’s budget next month is “a fork in the road” and should be a moment to “diagnose the condition of Britain and to start the process of putting it right”.

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