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Brexiteer Owen Paterson takes UK government to European court of human rights following lobbying scandal – live

Starmer is now taking questions.

Asked to what extent political considerations are behind his immigration policy, he says he is frustrated with short-term fixes.

Of course he will be pragmatic, he says.

But the skills problem needs to be addressed. He says he does not want to see a repeat of what we saw last year, with HGV drivers.

Starmer says Labour has a plan for green growth.

And he ends saying he is not going to give up on growth.

Britain deserves better. A new partnership for prosperity. The path to a greener, fairer more dynamic country, to higher wages, higher skills, higher productivity, from leading the world on the greatest challenge punish facing our planet to give working people a sense of hope, aspiration. and possibility.

Starmer says Labour will give employers more control over what training the levy funds.

And spending from the adult skills budget will be devolved too, he says.

Labour wants to make it easier for people to retrain mid-career, Starmer says.

Let me tell you from personal experience – there’s nothing wrong with changing your career in your mid-50s.

Starmer says yesterday he went onto the government’s website to look up its industrial strategy. He quotes from what it says:

The aim of the industrial strategy was to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.

Starmer stresses the word “was”. And he quotes from another line on the web page, saying this page has been “archived”. He says this tells you everything: “The government has archived Britain’s growth.”

Starmer says Labour will have three economic priorities.

The three big priorities for my Labour government, the principles our partnership must deliver to drive Britain forward, are:

One – economic stability.

Two – higher skills.

Three – green growth.

I’ll put it simply: every business in this room has a strategy for growth. A nation needs one too.

I believe in our country, I believe in our businesses and I believe in our people.

Britain deserves better. A new partnership for prosperity. The path to a fairer, greener, more dynamic country. To higher wages, higher skills, higher productivity.

To leading the world on the greatest challenge facing our planet. To giving working people a sense of hope, aspiration and possibility once again.

Starmer now turns to the passage about immigration briefed overnight. (See 9.11am.)

He says:

Migration is part of our national story – always has been, always will be. And the Labour party will never diminish the contribution it makes to the economy, to public services, to your businesses and our communities.

But let me tell you – the days when low pay and cheap labour are part of the British way on growth must end.

Starmer says people should be able to get mental healthcare within four weeks.

And the childcare system needs to be reformed, he says.

He says this is what Janet Yellen, the former US Treasury secretary, calls modern supply-side economics.

Starmer says he does not accept that the large number of people who have left the labour force is not related to the number of people waiting for hospital treatment.

That is a drag on productivity, he says.

He says Labour would create the biggest training programme to increase the size of the NHS workforce.

Eurosceptic former MP Owen Paterson takes UK government to European court of human rights – as it happened

Starmer is now taking questions.

Asked to what extent political considerations are behind his immigration policy, he says he is frustrated with short-term fixes.

Of course he will be pragmatic, he says.

But the skills problem needs to be addressed. He says he does not want to see a repeat of what we saw last year, with HGV drivers.

Starmer says Labour has a plan for green growth.

And he ends saying he is not going to give up on growth.

Britain deserves better. A new partnership for prosperity. The path to a greener, fairer more dynamic country, to higher wages, higher skills, higher productivity, from leading the world on the greatest challenge punish facing our planet to give working people a sense of hope, aspiration. and possibility.

Starmer says Labour will give employers more control over what training the levy funds.

And spending from the adult skills budget will be devolved too, he says.

Labour wants to make it easier for people to retrain mid-career, Starmer says.

Let me tell you from personal experience – there’s nothing wrong with changing your career in your mid-50s.

Starmer says yesterday he went onto the government’s website to look up its industrial strategy. He quotes from what it says:

The aim of the industrial strategy was to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.

Starmer stresses the word “was”. And he quotes from another line on the web page, saying this page has been “archived”. He says this tells you everything: “The government has archived Britain’s growth.”

Starmer says Labour will have three economic priorities.

The three big priorities for my Labour government, the principles our partnership must deliver to drive Britain forward, are:

One – economic stability.

Two – higher skills.

Three – green growth.

I’ll put it simply: every business in this room has a strategy for growth. A nation needs one too.

I believe in our country, I believe in our businesses and I believe in our people.

Britain deserves better. A new partnership for prosperity. The path to a fairer, greener, more dynamic country. To higher wages, higher skills, higher productivity.

To leading the world on the greatest challenge facing our planet. To giving working people a sense of hope, aspiration and possibility once again.

Starmer now turns to the passage about immigration briefed overnight. (See 9.11am.)

He says:

Migration is part of our national story – always has been, always will be. And the Labour party will never diminish the contribution it makes to the economy, to public services, to your businesses and our communities.

But let me tell you – the days when low pay and cheap labour are part of the British way on growth must end.

Starmer says people should be able to get mental healthcare within four weeks.

And the childcare system needs to be reformed, he says.

He says this is what Janet Yellen, the former US Treasury secretary, calls modern supply-side economics.

Starmer says he does not accept that the large number of people who have left the labour force is not related to the number of people waiting for hospital treatment.

That is a drag on productivity, he says.

He says Labour would create the biggest training programme to increase the size of the NHS workforce.