One's 'out of touch', the other's a 'wet lettuce'... what the people of Greater Manchester neighbourhood think about Starmer and Sunak

-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Getty Images)


For many of the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, it appears no party leader is exciting them. When the Manchester Evening News visited the constituency to ask people to describe Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in a few words, people on the streets of Uppermill uttered a familiar few words - 'out of touch'.

When it came to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, voters' faces don't exactly fill with glee. Many say they don't seem him as a leader and accuse him of lacking personality of 'charisma'.

"Unfortunately, this is what we've got," Pippa says. "These are difficult times. We don't have true politicians, I don't think, like we used to. Friend, Helen, 70, labelled Starmer 'ineffectual' and a 'wet lettuce'.

READ MORE: 'Dismal'... 'a total mess'... 'a load of waffle': A sense of despair in a Greater Manchester town

Describing the PM, Helen said: "I think he's quite an honourable man, but I don't think he sees the real world for those who are struggling."

For 20-year-old student Roisin Leach, she says her views align more with the Labour party, but she's not entirely sure about Sir Keir.

She said: "While I would be voting for labour, I'm not particularly voting for Keir Starmer. I don't necessarily support him as a person. I don't think people like Keir Starmer, so they're not wanting to vote for Labour."

Those sentiments were echoed by 69-year-old Martin, who simply described Starmer as 'okay'. He said: "I think we can do with someone with more personality. Someone, I know it'll probably never happen but, from the working class."

The M.E.N. and Reach is leading a nationwide vox pop project called '5000 voices', speaking to people across the country about the issues affecting them ahead of next month's general election.

Our reporters will be travelling around Greater Manchester to hear from the people about what really matters to them.

Try MEN Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features.

Read more of today's top stories here