SIR Keir Starmer will today promise voters he won’t go cash crazy if he wins the keys to No10.
Setting out his own stall, the Labour leader is unveiling a vision for a “decade of national renewal” but without rinsing taxpayers with a “big government chequebook”.
In a New Year speech he will rail against the “sticking plaster politics” of quick fixes and instead offer a “new way of governing”.
He is expected to say: “We can give people a sense of possibility again, show light at the end of the tunnel.”
But in an attempt to restore Labour’s economic credibility – left in tatters by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – he will express restraint and champion big business.
Sir Keir will say: “Let me be clear – none of this should be taken as code for Labour getting its big government chequebook out again.”
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“Of course investment is required – I can see the damage the Tories have done to our public services as plainly as anyone.
“But we won’t be able to spend our way out of their mess – it’s not as easy as that. There is no substitute for a robust private sector, creating wealth in every community.”
Sir Keir’s keynote address was overshadowed last night by a public spat between two of his frontbench MPs.
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She later tried to downplay the row by tweeting that she and Mr Streeting were “a team”.
But a Tory spokesman said: “Only days into the New Year and Labour are already at each other’s throats.”
Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi further branded Sir Keir’s speech “yet another desperate relaunch attempt”.