By John Pring in Disability News Service.
Keir Starmer is set to face pressure from the disabled people’s movement to commit his party to keep a series of pledges he made during his successful campaign to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
Among the most striking of those pledges was to back calls by disabled people’s organisations for the introduction of free social care and a legal right to independent living.
Starmer (pictured) – who was elected this week with a victory that was variously described by the mainstream media as “stunning”, “resounding”, “commanding” and “a landslide” – called during his leadership campaign for “radical action” on social care.
He also backed a motion that was passed at last autumn’s party conference that called for a new National Independent Living Support Service for England that would provide a universal right to independent living that was “enshrined in law”.
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