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After years in opposition, Britain's Labour Party senses it's on the verge of regaining power
Members of Britain’s opposition Labour Party are gathering for their annual conference with an unfamiliar feeling: optimism
LONDON (AP) — Members of Britain’s opposition Labour Party gather in Liverpool on Sunday for their annual conference with an unfamiliar feeling: optimism.
The party has been out of power for 13 years, and in the last national election in 2019, voters handed Labour its worst drubbing since 1935. But with an election due next year, polls put Labour as much as 20 points ahead of the governing Conservative Party, and Labour scored a morale-boosting special election victory in Scotland last week.
Power is within the party’s grasp — as long as it doesn’t mess things up.
“It was a big step in the right direction, an important one,” Labour leader Keir Starmer said Friday after the special election result. “But we accept this humbly. This is a step on the journey.”