New Prime Minister Keir Starmer to visit Wales as part of four nations tour

Prime Minister Keir Starmer chairs the first meeting of his cabinet in 10 Downing Street
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The new Prime Minister will be in Wales on Monday as part of his promise to "reset" the relationship between the Westminster Government and devolved nations. He is due to visit Scotland on Sunday to "turn disagreement into co-operation" with the SNP north of the border.

After using his first 24 hours in office to set the tone for his new government Mr Starmer promised to turn his back on "tribalism" in politics and usher in an era of "stability" and "moderation". The whistlestop tour of the four nations comes ahead of a packed first week in office with little time to settle in at Number 10 as he prepares to head to the Nato summit in Washington on Tuesday.

Mr Starmer said: "People across the United Kingdom are bound by shared beliefs. Fundamental values of respect, service, and community which define us as a great nation. That begins with an immediate reset of my government's approach to working with the first and deputy first ministers because meaningful co-operation centred on respect will be key to delivering change across our United Kingdom. Together we can begin the work to rebuild our country with a resolute focus on serving working people once again."

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He said his "door is open" to regional leaders of all political stripes as he outlined plans to "discuss with them their part in delivering the growth that we need across the United Kingdom". After sweeping to a historic victory at the polls Mr Starmer said his party had received "a mandate to do politics differently". "This will be a politics and a government that is about delivery, is about service. Self-interest is yesterday's politics," he said.

Ahead of the visit to Edinburgh on Sunday the new Prime Minister pledged to put Scotland "back at the beating heart" of everything the UK Government does. He said he was offering the Scottish Government a "genuine seat at the table" and that they could deliver change for a generation through "meaningful co-operation". He is expected to meet Scotland's First Minister John Swinney on Sunday and hold a substantive discussion on the pressing issues and areas where both governments can work together.