July 5, 2024

Starmer’s Strategy: From Promises to Policy

This post was written by: Riya Sekhon

With the Labour Party’s recent victory in the UK general election, led by Keir Starmer, several significant changes are expected in policy and governance. Implementing a manifesto is a challenging, but crucial, process for a new political party. This process involves translating campaign promises into actionable policies and legislation.

Here are the key steps involved in implementing a political manifesto.

  1. The party should recognise the most critical and feasible promises from their manifesto and develop a timeline and sequence for addressing these.
  2. The party then needs to work with experts, stakeholders, and advisors to develop detailed policy proposals and draft legislations based on the manifesto promises.
  3. They would then have to negotiate with other lawmakers, interest groups, and stakeholders to gain support for the proposed legislation. They could use public campaigns, media, etc. to get public support and explain the benefits of the proposed legislation.
  4. Next, they can introduce the drafted bills to the legislative body for debate and approval. The bills usually go through committees where they are examined in detail, and amendments may be proposed.
  5. The full legislative body debates, votes on it, and if passed, it moves to the next stage.
  6. Government departments and agencies implement the new legislation and policies and allocate budgets and resources to ensure the necessary funding is in place for implementation.

All of the above can take some time so when we will see any fruition on the promises made will vary widely depending on the type of legislation it is.   

What is certain is that the country will soon start seeing changes which, it is hoped, will stand the country in good stead moving forward.