‘Do not give matches back to arsonists’, urges Labour amid poll complacency warning


Wes Streeting has urged voters not to hand “the matches back to the arsonists to finish the job” as he warned against complacency over polls predicting a Labour landslide.

The shadow health secretary stressed the choice at the election as he branded the Tory election manifesto “Liz Truss’s budget on steroids” and raised the prospect of “a nightmare on Downing Street” if the governing party was returned.

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Mr Streeting made his comments as fresh polls signalled a further grim outlook for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, with one indicating the Conservatives on course to pick up just 72 seats.

Meanwhile, cabinet minister Mark Harper insisted the Tories were fighting for every vote, but repeated his party’s warning that a vote for Nigel Farage’s Reform UK would give Labour a large majority and “a blank cheque” in office.

Speaking to Sky News’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips, he said: “I just warn people against this backdrop of this breath-taking complacency in the media about the opinion polls.

“Do not give the matches back to the arsonists to finish the job.

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“Do people want to se Liz Truss’s budget on steroids, which is the Conservative manifesto if there is a nightmare on Downing Street on 5 July or do they want to see a stable economy with economic growth, shared prosperity, enabling us to invest in our public services without clobbering working people with taxes – that is the choice.”

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