The Party leader penned the sizeable document while on summer tour, reports suggest. It is around the same length as a Master’s dissertation, and is set to be released on the eve of the Labour Party Conference, which takes place from September 25 – 29.
The essay, prepared for the Fabian Society, is seen as an attempt by Sir Keir to reset and refresh his leadership. He took up the post of party leader in 2020, succeeding Jeremy Corbyn.
Sir Keir also aims to answer questions from party members about what it is he stands for, as well as what it is that the Labour party represents in the modern age.
Whilst there are set to be similarities between Sir Keir’s conference speech and the statement, a source close to him has said it will be an “intellectualised version”.
New Labour policies, however, will not be included – which is likely to raise eyebrows in political quarters, and has prompted questions from the public.
It is said Sir Keir will focus more on security and opportunity.
A senior Labour figure told The Sunday Times: “It’s supposed to set out the Starmer credo.
“It’s essentially the answer to those who say: ‘What do you believe in and what do you stand for?’
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“It’s about turning the page and ending the navel-gazing.”
Following the news, Twitter users were quick to question the leader’s decision to publish this essay to the public.
One Twitter user wrote: “It’s what the nation has been crying out for: a 14,000-word essay that contains no new policies but sets out the ‘Starmer credo.'”
They added: “That will defeat the three-word-slogan merchants.”