Keir Starmer

Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom since 2020

Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB KC MP (born 2 September 1962) is a British politician who has served as the 19th leader of the Labour Party and the 35th Leader of the Opposition since 2020. Since 2015, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Holborn and St Pancras, a constituency of the UK Parliament in Inner London. Starmer has been re-elected as the constituency's MP in the 2017 general election, and 2019 general election.


Keir Starmer

Starmer in 2017
35th Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
4 April 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Charles III
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Liz Truss
Rishi Sunak
Preceded byJeremy Corbyn
19th Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
4 April 2020
DeputyAngela Rayner
General Secretary
Chair
Preceded byJeremy Corbyn
2nd Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
In office
6 October 2016 – 4 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byEmily Thornberry
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of Parliament
for Holborn and St Pancras
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byFrank Dobson
Majority27,763 (48.9%)
Director of Public Prosecutions
In office
1 November 2008 – 1 November 2013
Preceded byKen Macdonald
Succeeded byAlison Saunders
Personal details
Born
Keir Rodney Starmer

(1962-09-02) 2 September 1962 (age 61)
Southwark, London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Victoria Alexander (m. 2007)
Children2
EducationReigate Grammar School, Reigate, Surrey
Alma mater
WebsiteOfficial website

Starmer was the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet. He was Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013.[1]

Labour leader change

In January 2020, Starmer announced his candidacy for Labour Leader in the 2020 election.[2] On 4 April 2020, Starmer was elected as leader of the Labour Party, and as the Labour had the second most number of seats in the House of Commons, this made him the Leader of the Opposition.[3] He was elected as leader of the Labour Party in the first round of voting using the single transferable vote (stv) method of voting. Starmer won with 275,780 votes (56.2%). He got 40,417 (53.13%) of the affiliates vote, 225,135 (56.07%) of the Labour Party members vote, and 10,228 (78.64%) of the registered supporters vote.[4]

Personal Life change

Starmer is an atheist,[5] but has said that he "does believe in faith", and its power to bring people together. His wife, Victoria Alexander, is Jewish, and their two children are brought up in Jewish faith.[6]

References change

  1. Bates, Stephen (31 July 2008). Viner, Katharine (ed.). "Profile: Keir Starmer QC". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. "Labour leadership: Sir Keir Starmer enters race". BBC News. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. "Keir Starmer Elected as new Labour leader". BBC News. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. "Leadership and Deputy Leadership election 2020 - Results". The Labour Party. 2023. Archived from the original on 26 March 2023. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  5. Williams, Rhiannon (11 April 2021). "Keir Starmer: I may not believe in god, but I do believe in faith". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  6. Harpin, Lee (16 November 2020). Simons, Jake Wallis (ed.). "Starmer: Our kids are being brought up to know their Jewish backgrounds". The Jewish Chronicle [en]. Archived from the original on 25 September 2022. Retrieved 3 October 2023.

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