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Boris Johnson news - live: Starmer to draw line under Corbyn era, as May says she will rebel against the government's Brexit bill

The Labour leader will make a direct appeal to lost red wall voters, but acknowledge ‘trust takes time’

Keir Starmer is to emphasise that Labour has drawn a line under the Corbyn era in a speech on Tuesday in which he will urge people to return to a party that is “under new leadership”.

The Labour leader will say he can regain voters’ trust by being “a credible opposition” and by “taking the job seriously”.

Mr Starmer will also express his own patriotism along with Labour’s plan to “put family first”.

The speech comes a day after the former prime minister Theresa May strongly condemned the government for its Brexit bill, saying she will rebel against it.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms May said: “The government is acting recklessly and irresponsibly with no thought for the long-term impact on the standing of the United Kingdom in the world.”

“This will lead to untold damage to the United Kingdom’s reputation, it puts the future of the United Kingdom at risk and, as a result, with regret, I have to tell the minister I cannot support this bill,” she added.

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Starmer to urge voters to return to party ‘under new leadership’ 

Keir Starmer will use his first set-piece speech as Labour leader to urge voters to return to the party, emphasising that it is now “under new leadership”. 

In his address to party members at this year’s party conference, he is expected to encourage people to “take another look at Labour”. 

Drawing a line under the Corbyn era, Mr Starmer will add that the party can rebuild trust by being “a credible opposition” and “by taking the job seriously”. 

In his remarks, Mr Starmer will also lay out his vision for Britain: "I want this to be the best country to grow up in and the best country to grow old in. A country in which we put family first. 

"A country that embodies the values I hold dear. Decency, fairness, opportunity, compassion and security. Security for our nation, our families and all of our communities."

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May denounces ‘irresponsible’ Brexit Bill that ‘puts the future of the United Kingdom at risk’

The former prime minister Theresa May has spoken vehemently against the government’s Brexit bill, which she says will jeopardise the UK’s standing in the world.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, Ms May said the government was putting the UK’s future “at risk” by breaking international law by overriding elements of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. 

The former leader told MPs: “The government is acting recklessly and irresponsibly with no thought for the long-term impact on the standing of the United Kingdom in the world.

“This will lead to untold damage to the United Kingdom’s reputation, it puts the future of the United Kingdom at risk and, as a result, with regret, I have to tell the minister I cannot support this bill.”

The Independent’s Rob Merrick has more on the story below: 

‘This will lead to untold damage to the United Kingdom’s reputation, it puts the future of the United Kingdom at risk’

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