People can't decide what new Labour government should do first after election win

Sir Keir Starmer addresses the media in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings at Stormont
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Keir Starmer's Labour Party won big at the General Election last week - but he faces a daunting in-tray of issues at home and abroad. We asked Coventry Live readers to tell us what the new government's priorities should be as they settle into their new jobs, but they found it tough to pick just one thing in our comments sections.

Reader Annielowe writes: "NHS, Social care, education, ensuring those who can work DO work, policing, and immigration."

Anne G Murray says: "NHS must be the biggest issue, in a dreadful state. Waiting lists, consultants and, ops. Must build more hospitals especially in big cities like Coventry, we desperately need another A&E."

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CovKid writes: "Remove illegal migrants, limit immigration, and stop their benefits. Make students pay council tax, and ban residential properties being turned into HMOs for a start."

On our Facebook page, Adam Harmsworth says: "End austerity all round, stop selling off the NHS, bring water energy and transport into public ownership, and at the very least oppose the horrendous actions of the Israeli state against Gaza like a bundle of countries have done already."

Will Edred Wilkes joked: "Abdicate and put Reform in. Shy of that, manage immigration properly and don't tax my pension (again), scrap inheritance tax and don't raise council tax."

Zoe Reid writes: "Look after working people. No more boats. Look after the country by getting homes built and help the young get onto the property ladder."

Matt Bull says: "Resolve all the strikes that we have and don't capitulate or cave in to all the demands..."

Addressing the nation for the first time after the election, Keir Starmer said: “If you voted Labour yesterday, we will carry the responsibility of your trust as we rebuild our country.

“But whether you voted Labour or not, in fact especially if you did not, I say to you directly, my Government will serve you."

“Politics can be a force for good. We will show that. We’ve changed the Labour Party, returned it to service, and that is how we will govern. Country first, party second."

Fortmer Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ended his time in office with the words: “I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the Government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters.

“I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.”

If you had to pick just one of these issues, which one would you pick? Comment below, and join in on the conversation.

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