James Forsyth James Forsyth

Starmer passes the Mary Cameron test

Keir Starmer’s political position is stronger than people would have expected a few months ago. The improvement in Labour’s poll position is giving him more personal authority within the party, allowing him to move on from the Corbyn era faster than expected. ‘The Labour party has the smell of power in its nostrils now and that’s enough to anaesthetise about 90 per cent of them’, one Johnson confidant fretted to me recently.

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