The arrogant, reckless Tory government left behind a mountain of mess. In one week, we’ve begun to clear it | Keir Starmer

We are embarking on the hard graft of making people’s lives better – and we will fight every day to restore hope

Last Friday, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and made a promise to the British people. I said the work of change would begin immediately. And I meant it.

My new cabinet hit the ground running. We’ve lifted the ban on onshore wind. We’ve created a national wealth fund to invest in and grow our economy. We’ve met NHS bosses to get the 40,000 extra NHS appointments we need each week and 700,000 urgent dental appointments up and running as quickly as possible.

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A fight for the soul of the Tory party is inevitable. Rishi Sunak staying on may make it worse | Katy Balls

Without a timetable for the leadership race, the current uneasy truce might hold for a while – but it can’t last

When Tory MPs gathered on Wednesday night to hear Rishi Sunak address them for the first time since their worst election defeat, they were told to be on their best behaviour. The new chairman of the 1922 Committee, Bob Blackman , made clear to colleagues that they ought to behave respectfully – the last thing they needed was more bickering. “The suggestion was if you are angry, this wasn’t the right place to show it,” explains an attender.

In the Q&A session that followed Sunak’s speech apologising over losses, loyalty was the buzzword – particularly in reference to Suella Braverman, the former home secretary. She has been out and about recently, criticising Sunak and the Pride flag , and has not ruled out defecting to the Reform party.

Katy Balls is the Spectator’s political editor

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