Lord Peter Mandelson has said Sir Keir Starmer has the modernising instincts of New Labour that could see him topple tory domination of Britain. The Blairite boasted that the Labour leader is “getting a grip” on his party with impressive speed and how he has started to undo the damage of the “lost decade”, particularly under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Referring to Sir Keir Starmer’s capabilities Mr Mandelson said: “We’re climbing up the same sheer cliff face.
“The speed with which he has got the new general secretary and is getting a grip on the party is impressive.
“I didn’t expect it.”
Mr Mandelson pointed to the fact Sir Keir appears to have the majority of Labour members on his side, suggesting he could be following in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Sir Keir won the Labour leadership contest with 56 percent of the vote.
Lord Mandelson suggested how the “real party membership want to win, they want the Labour party in power and they want a professional machine”.
He said Sir Keir has the ability to provide this ambition.
The Labour leader has appointed a number of former Blairite MPs to the front bench.
This move caused concern among some on the extreme left of the party.
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Mr Mandelson, considered the architect of New Labour, claims Sir Keir has moved decisively to reform the party and how he has won the confidence of New Labour figures whom Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership had dismissed.
Labour moderates have been brought back to the fold, such as Pat McFadden, Wes Streeting, and Liz Kendall.
The former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland highlighted Sir Keir’s charm offensive to regain the trust of Jewish groups which felt alienated by Mr Corbyn.
Lord Blunkett, the former home secretary, also praised the new leader and said Sir Keir had shown he was “prepared to do the straightforward common-sense thing” on anti-Semitism.