Keir Starmer says Labour face ‘tough decisions’ when quizzed about tax hikes

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer
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Sir Keir Starmer admitted “tough decisions” would have to be made when quizzed about tax hikes. The Prime Minister vowed his party would "take them early" and make them with "raw honesty" as he settled into his first full day in Downing Street.

Throughout Labour's election campaign, Sir Keir insisted he had no plans for major tax increases. During his first media grilling on Saturday, he was asked whether he would be willing to raise levies to fund public services.

The PM told journalists: “In relation to the tough decisions, we’re going to have to take them and take them early. And we will do that with a raw honesty. But that is not a sort of prelude to saying there’s some tax decision that we didn’t speak about before that we’re going to announce now. It’s about the tough decisions to fix the problem and being honest about what they are.”

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Sir Keir said: “We clearly on Thursday got a mandate from all four nations. For the first time in 20-plus years, we have a majority in England, in Scotland and in Wales. And that is a clear mandate to govern for all four corners of the United Kingdom.

“I am restless for change and I think and hope that what you’ve already seen demonstrates that. We have been planning for months to hit the ground running. But look, it is not an overnight exercise changing the country.”

Sir Keir also told reporters the Tories ’ Rwanda deportation plan, which he said was a "gimmick" was “dead and buried”. He said the Government had already started to work on fixing the “broken” NHS, and that the effort to get 40,000 extra appointments a week up and running as pledged “starts straight away”.