Starmer promises to ‘carry the can’ as Labour braces for challenging elections

Labour leader says he will take responsibility if results go badly, as MPs warn of ‘apathy’ among voters

Keir Starmer is braced for a challenging 48 hours ahead of a bumper set of elections, as his critics prepare to seize on weaknesses in Labour’s performance to demand a fresh approach.

After a leaked poll showed the party on course to lose badly in the Hartlepool byelection, the Labour leader said he would take responsibility if the results of Thursday’s polls were disappointing.

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