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What’s happened to Keir Starmer’s leadership?

By Karl Pike, Postdoctoral fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London
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In June last year, Ed Miliband was asked on The Andrew Marr Show whether Keir Starmer was going to be a better leader of the Labour Party than he had been. “Definitely,” he responded, adding: “I certainly never had his approval ratings”.

Today, Starmer is experiencing the kind of “under pressure” headlines more familiar to past Labour leaders, with criticism of his strategy and political management.

So what’s happened? It has clearly been an unusual time for an opposition leader. Travel…


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