Sir Keir Starmer elected as new leader of the Labour Party

4 Apr 2020

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The Hall warmly congratulates Honorary Fellow and alumnus, Keir Starmer (1985, BCL) on winning a handsome majority in the election to become leader of the Labour Party, the largest political party in Western Europe, on Saturday 4 April. Keir won on the first round of voting, with more than 50% of ballots cast. The runners-up in the contest were Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.

Keir is a human rights barrister, and has served as an MP for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015. His previous roles in parliament include Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and he served as Director of Public Prosecutions from 2008 to 2013.

Shortly after his election, Keir appointed the Shadow cabinet and selected Hall alumnus Nick Thomas-Symonds (1998, Philosophy, Politics & Economics) as the Shadow Home Secretary.

The Hall wishes Keir every success in his new public role of Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.

This article was updated on 21 April 2020 to include the appointment of the Nick Thomas-Symonds

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