Keir Starmer

British politician

Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB QC 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

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Starmer in 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Assumed office
4 April 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Shadow First SecretaryAngela 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
Born
Keir Rodney Starmer

(1962-09-02) 2 September 1962 (age 58)
Southwark, London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Victoria Alexander (m. 2007)
Children2
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]

ReferencesEdit

  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.