Influential media back Labour in UK general election

Two highly influential titles in the British press, the Financial Times (FT) and The Economist, are backing the Labour Party in Thursday’s general election, as is the conservative Sunday Times.

In an editorial in its Monday edition, the FT said it had no political allegiance and believed in “liberal democracy, free trade, private enterprise and an outward-looking United Kingdom”. That has “often aligned us more with the Conservatives”, but “this generation of Tories has ruined its reputation as the party of business”, it said.

While it has concerns about Labour’s “interventionist instincts and fervour for regulation”, it believes Keir Starmer’s Labour Party “is better placed today to provide the leadership the country needs”. 

80-seat majority

Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives currently have an 80-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, which the party won in 2019 under Boris Johnson. However, Labour are expected to secure a huge victory in Thursday's vote. 

Analysis of polling by the BBC shows Labour with a lead of around 20 points over the Conservatives, with Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration Reform UK in third and the Liberal Democrats in fourth.

According to some polls, Sunak could become the first British prime minister in history to lose his own seat. The seats of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Defence secretary Grant Shapps are also under threat.

"This generation of Tories has ruined its reputation as the party of business"

The liberal weekly The Economist is also backing Labour. “The economic consensus in Britain has shifted away from liberal values — free trade, individual choice and limits to state intervention,” it said. Labour “has the greatest chance of tackling the biggest problem that Britain faces: a chronic and debilitating lack of economic growth”.

Finally, the Sunday Times, owned by right-wing Australian-American tycoon Rupert Murdoch, wrote in an editorial that the Conservatives had “lost the right to govern. Make way for Labour”. 

The last Labour government lasted from 1997 to 2010, following Tony Blair’s landslide victory over John Major’s Conservatives. Starmer told the BBC last week that he would step aside as party leader if his party did not win.


Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer speaking at a campaign event in central London, 29 June 2024 © PHOTO PRESS ASSOCIATION

Related news

Website preview
UK parliament approves bill to send migrants to Rwanda
In the night from Monday to Tuesday, the British Parliament passed its controversial bill allowing the UK to send migrants to Rwanda. The deal...
Website preview
Far-right National Rally takes first-round lead in French parliamentary elections
The far-right National Rally (RN) has won the first round of the French parliamentary elections with 33.15 per cent of the vote, Le Monde reports...

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.


Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels