Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“We must scrap the … two-child limit and benefits cap”

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour Leadership Candidate, X Post


In February 2020, during his bid to become leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer posted on X “We must scrap the … two-child limit and benefits cap”

Prior to 2023 Keir Starmer and the Labour Party were firm in their opposition to the Conservative’s two child benefit cap, which prevents parents from claiming child tax credit or universal credit for any third or subsequent child born after April 2017.

As late as June 2023 Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, John Ashworth, described the cap as “one of the single most heinous elements of the system which is pushing children and families into poverty today”.

On July 16, 2023 Starmer said he was “not changing” the Conservative policy. 

He justified the move as one of the tough choices the party would have to make because of the difficult economic situation the next government will inherit.

It’s estimated the policy change will save £1.3bn – a tiny amount in terms of the overall government budget. 


The decision to adopt Conservative policy flatly contradicts repeated pledges and, at best, indicates a casual attitude to commitments made to the Labour Party membership during Starmer’s election campaign. 

We emailed Sir Keir Starmer’s office and Labour offering them the chance to respond. We received no response.

Published 28 Jun 2024
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