Workers should be “smart” in improving their relations with Liberal Democrats and other parties, acknowledging that voting could play a key role in ousting Boris Johnson, the new prime minister said.
Peter Kyle, one of Sir Keir Starmer’s factions, said British voters hated the election, but his party needed to accept the reality.
“There are ways to build relationships with other shared parties that we prioritize that only reflect the reality of the elections,” a Northern Ireland government secretary told the Financial Times in an interview.
“It is a matter of wealth and letting people know that heaven is not open if the people who support you want to vote.”
The results of this process have been seen this year in Chesham and Amersham and – more recently – in North Shropshire, where the Lib Dems defeated a majority of Conservatives in parliamentary elections.
In both cases Labor stepped aside to present the Lib Dems clearly; The Starmer Party has offered to field candidates but admits it will not be possible to beat Johnson personally.
Kyle, MP for Hove on the coast of Sussex, is ready to test possible ways to end the “blue wall” of Conservative seats in southern England.
He further added that voters have the ability to make informed choices about how they will use their time and resources.
“The people of Chesham and Amersham did not want the politicians who came out of the smoke-filled room to tell them who to vote for and not to vote for them – they did it for themselves,” he said.
“If there had been an alliance, they would have had a way to punish us and the Tories.” With the exception of the Lib Dems, the Greens – who live near Hove in Brighton – and Plaid Cymru all pursue midfield goals on the left.
Kyle said Johnson’s mistakes in recent months, which have helped Labor move ahead in the polls, have given the party “a chance to hear from the opposition”.
He further added that Starmer was impressed with the people and his “morals” and also encouraged the party’s financial integrity, but added: “Our problem is to light a fire.”
Kyle, who campaigned for a second Brexit referendum, said he was now “a rebuilder, not a Resistant”, adding: “The Labor Party’s problem is rebuilding from the rubbish of the bad Brexit coalition.”
Surprisingly, Kyle seems to be more interested in the Northern Ireland protocol, part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit coalition that oversees trade in the region, than the Prime Minister with whom he negotiated.
Kyle admitted that the plan was flawed but said: “We see the future rising to great potential in the process.” In particular, under the Brexit agreement, Northern Ireland is still part of the EU-UK stock market, which makes it attractive for business.
Kyle replaced Louise Haigh as Northern Ireland’s secretary general, a change that came shortly after he said the British government would not “participate” in future elections to reunite the island of Ireland.
Kyle does not use the phrase “political neutrality” and says Labor prides the union as “the best power in the world”, but said: “My goal is for Northern Ireland to gain independence.
“When it comes to legal issues, the people of Northern Ireland have to deal with their conflict without outside influence.” Under the Framework Convention on Friday, 1998, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland must hold by-elections if the majority in the region agree to a treaty.