Michael Gove has criticised Sir Keir Starmer’s “dangerous” plea for a general election. He insisted the Labour leader’s record was too tarred by his previous backing of a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
After Liz Truss earlier this month resigned as Prime Minister, Sir Keir insisted “the Conservative Party has shown it no longer has a mandate to govern”, adding that “the Tories cannot respond to their latest shambles by yet again simply clicking their fingers and shuffling the people at the top without the consent of the British people”.
His view was not shaken by Rishi Sunak’s entrance in Number 10, using the new Prime Minister’s first session of PMQs to call on Mr Sunak to “let working people have their say and call a general election”.
The Tories have resisted such calls, which have also emerged from corners outside of the Labour Party.
Mr Gove has today weighed into the debate, arguing that an election – or, at least, the prospect of a Labour victory – would help only to make the national situation worse.
Writing in the Sun, the Levelling Up Secretary said: “The Labour idea that the answer to our contemporary issues is a General Election is simply wrong. It would mean more uncertainty.
“And the suggestion that Sir Keir Starmer is better placed to fix our economy is as laughable as it is –dangerous.
“In 2019, Starmer stood next to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell and told the country voters should put them in charge.
“Nothing should make a young family with a mortgage or those worried about their pension more nervous than the prospect of a Starmer-led government.”
READ MORE: Braverman accused of ignoring legal advice
Some within the party, including former members of the shadow cabinet, have argued for Mr Corbyn’s regaining of the Labour whip.
But the former Director of Public Prosecutions earlier this year suggested this could not happen at least until he needed his association with the Stop the War coalition.
He stressed it was “very clear” that Labour MPs had to be supporters of NATO.
It appears, however, unlikely that Mr Corbyn would be welcomed back into the party even if he followed the course – at least under the current leadership.
Mr Gove also today apologised, seemingly on behalf of the Tory party, for this summer’s mini-budget and the following financial chaos, but insisted the country was now on a better path under Mr Sunak’s leadership.