Labour has received a welcome boost in the polls following their party conference in Liverpool.
The highly disciplined conference saw MPs on their best behaviour and almost no feuds, as well as a glitter-throwing protester who provided some drama by disrupting Sir Keir Starmer’s keynote speech.
The (literally) sparkling Labour leader took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves, later saying he was determined not to let an “idiot” derail his attempt to deliver a crucial address ahead of the general election expected next year.
Labour was keen to show people the “real” Keir Starmer at the conference.
Sir Keir ditched his tie for the conference curtain-raiser interview with the BBC and his wife Victoria has played a prominent role by his side – the pair were photographed strolling along the River Mersey and sharing a relaxed breakfast before his crunch conference speech.
But her role was relatively restrained compared with Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty’s on-stage love letter to her husband at the Tory gathering.
And according to new polling, the approach has cut through with the electorate.
While the Tories didn’t receive any poll boost, Labour has increased their lead by two points edge towards having the support of 50 per cent of the country.
A sparkling success, you might say.