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Labour is trying to ensure Sir Keir Starmer does not suffer the same fate as Nicola Sturgeon, sources revealed. The former first minister of Scotland, Ms Sturgeon, resigned after a huge row over her controversial plans to allow anyone to legally change their sex without first seeing a doctor. A source warned of the problem Nicola Sturgeon faced: “In trying to do good for a very small minority group, you inadvertently offend an awful lot of women who feel their place in society is being eliminated.
“You have to balance the needs of different groups”.
They added of Nicola Sturgeon: “In many respects she was the most successful politician of our generation and yet she was brought down by the GRA [Gender Recognition Act].
“The public were in a different place to the politicians.”
The Westminster Government vetoed Ms Sturgeon’s controversial gender reform bill.
But the row has led to Labour assessing how they will address the issue.
Sir Keir previously promised the LGBT community he would take a similar approach to Ms Sturgeon.
But the policy could now be dropped.
Labour MPs are concerned that the party needs to “come up with an answer” to the trans question that “secures women’s rights”.
Labour is also looking to toughen its stance on other social issues such as immigration and climate change to make sure their policies appeal to another key voter group – those in the Red Wall.
The party needs to win back the Red Wall constituencies to stand any change of winning the next election.
And a new poll suggests that Labour still has a lot of work to do to convince Red Wall voters that it can be trusted on immigration specifically.
A survey carried out by Redfield and Wilton Strategies on March 7 of the voting intentions of Red Wall voters found that as many as 34 percent of those polled said Labour “is most likely to be not at all trusted” on immigration and the economy.
However, Sir Keir still enjoys a considerable lead in approval ratings over the Prime Minister.
When asked which of the two party leaders would make the better Prime Minister, 42 percent of Red Wall voters chose Sir Keir, while only 34 percent went for Rishi Sunak.
This represents an increase of one percentage point in approval ratings since February for the Labour leader.
While Labour still enjoys a healthy 22 percent poll lead over the Conservatives in the 40 Red Wall constituencies, support for the party has actually decreased by six percent since last month.
The Labour Party is becoming increasingly confident that it can takes seats from the SNP in Scotland at the next general election.
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Labour officials in Scotland are to be said quietly optimistic that they can claw back ground from the Scottish nationalists, as public anger grows over the SNP’s perceived inability to ease the cost of living crisis.
However, Scottish Labour MSP Jackie Baillie warned the party’s “path back to power will not be travelled overnight”.
She said: “Every day, more people in Scotland are listening to Labour and turning away from the SNP.
“Only Labour is talking about the priorities of the Scottish people – tackling the cost of living crisis, stimulating the economy to create new high-skill jobs and tackling the crisis in the NHS.”
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