Sir Keir Starmer will call this week on Labour to rediscover its patriotism and pride in Britain to woo the working-class “red wall” voters who backed Boris Johnson at the last election.

The new Labour leader is expected to use his first conference speech to draw a clear line between his leadership and that of Jeremy Corbyn by affirming the party’s support for British “values” and what the country has achieved.

His attempt to reposition Labour has already drawn criticism from left-wing unions, however, who warned Sir Keir not to steer Labour away from the radical Corbynite agenda.

In an interview with Times Radio today before the party’s first virtual conference, Sir Keir sought to distance himself from past Labour policies, claiming the Covid crisis

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