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 leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2020. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015, having been re-elected in both 2017 and 2019.

Keir Starmer

Starmer in 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
4 April 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Charles III
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Liz Truss
Rishi Sunak
DeputyAngela Rayner
Preceded byJeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
4 April 2020
DeputyAngela Rayner
Preceded byJeremy Corbyn
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
Keir Rodney Starmer

(1962-09-02) 2 September 1962 (age 61)
Southwark, London, England
Political partyLabour
Victoria Alexander (m. 2007)
EducationReigate Grammar School
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]

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 thus Leader of the Opposition.[3] He was elected in the first round of voting with 275,780 votes (56.2%).[4]

In May 2022, the British police announced the opening of an investigation into an alleged breach of the rules of sanitary confinement in force in 2021 in the United Kingdom.[5]

Starmer is an atheist[6] but has said that he "does believe in faith" and its power to bring people together. His wife is Jewish,[7] and his children are brought up in Jewish faith.

References Edit

  1. Bates, Stephen (31 July 2008). "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". 4 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. "Leaderhip Elections 2020 Results". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  5. "Royaume-Uni: le leader de l'opposition visé par une enquête pour violation du confinement" [United Kingdom: opposition leader under investigation for breach of containment]. Radio France International (in French). 6 May 2022. Retrieved 2022-05-07.
  6. Williams, Rhiannon (2021-04-11). "Keir Starmer: I may not believe in god, but I do believe in faith". Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  7. Retrieved 2023-01-23. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)