Labour party leader Keir Starmer emerges as Britain's PM in waiting after Boris Johnson bungles handling of Covid-19

Labour elected Mr Keir Starmer in April in the hope of pulling the party back from the wilderness.
Labour elected Mr Keir Starmer in April in the hope of pulling the party back from the wilderness.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already under siege, accused of bungling his government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the country's departure from the European Union.

But it is likely to get even more uncomfortable for him. For Labour, Britain's largest opposition party, is now determined to present itself as a viable government alternative. And Mr Keir Starmer, the party's new leader, has emerged from its annual conference which concluded this week very much as a prime minister in waiting.

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