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Starmer succeeds Corbyn as Labour Party leader
Sir Keir Starmer: honoured
Sir Keir Starmer has been elected leader of the Labour party, succeeding Jeremy Corbyn – and his first appointment is likely to be with Boris Johnson who has called a meeting of all party leaders next week to discuss the coronavirus.
The former director of public prosecutions, who has been an MP only since 2015, defeated fellow shadow cabinet member Rebecca Long-Bailey and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.
Sir Keir, 57, was the clear favourite to be elected in a ballot of party members, trade unionists and other supporters. He won with 56.2% of the vote.
Sir Keir, a lawyer who led the Crown Prosecution Service before entering politics as MP for St Pancras and Holborn, served in Mr Corbyn’s top team for more than three years as shadow Brexit secretary.
In a message posted online Sir Keir said: “It’s the honour and privilege of my life to be elected as Leader of the Labour Party.
“I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and hope, so that when the time comes, we can serve our country again – in government.”
We can see so clearly now who the key workers really are.– Keir Starmer
Sir Keir secured the backing of 89 members of the parliamentary party in the first round of the contest, before securing the support of more than a dozen affiliated organisations in the second stage.
In his acceptance speech he said that once the coronavirus is conquered “we cannot go back to business as usual. This virus has exposed the fragility of our society. It’s lifted a curtain.
“Too many will have given too much. Some of us will have lost too much. We know in our hearts, things are going to have to change.”
He paid tribute to the health service workers. saying their role at the forefront of the battle should signal a change of priorities.
“We can see so clearly now who the key workers really are,” he said. “When we get through this it’ll be because of our NHS staff, our care workers, our ambulance drivers, our emergency services, our cleaners, our porters.