Keir Starmer

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Keir Rodney Starmer (1962–) is a former barrister and a British Labour Party MP. He's been the Labour Party leader since April 2020, replacing Jeremy Corbyn. Despite being leader for currently an extremely short period of time, Starmer is probably the best chance the Labour Party have had in many years of winning any actual election. From the first day as leader, he has been flattening Johnson in every single PMQ, to the point where Labour's polls shot up to match the Conservatives after what was pretty much forever. Kept up, along with a more-than-likely no deal Brexit, and more COVID incompetence, Keir may swat away the fly Johnson in 2024. He only needs to overcome the wall of his party's unholy factional division, an extremely difficult, but not impossible, task.

Before politics[edit]

Prior to entering politics, Starmer was a human rights barrister, a career defender before becoming Director of Public Prosecutions. He has been involved in high profile human rights cases all over the world, with pro bono work in challenging the death penalty helping its end in the Caribbean, with significant contributions to efforts throughout Africa and Asia. He was a founding director of charity 'the Death penalty Project'.[1] Of note, he helped in winning appeal against the government for two environmental activists at the ECHR as part of the McLibel trial, the longest running libel case in british history.[2] He was Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, which is the head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013. In the 2014 honours, he was awarded the honour of Knight Commander of the Order of Bath,Wikipedia one of the highest orders of chivalry, for his legal work. From this, he is often referred to in the British press as Sir Keir Starmer, though he prefers not to use the title.

Frontline politics[edit]

Shadow Brexit Secretary[edit]

Starmer was appointed Shadow Brexit Secretary in 2016. His legal expertise empowered him to scrutinise the finer points on the government's plans with trade agreements and the adoption of various EU laws post-Brexit.

In the run up to the 2019 United Kingdom general election, Starmer was strongly in favour of holding a second referendum on EU membership. Jeremy Corbyn ended up making a second referendum a manifesto pledge. Some have speculated that this cost the Party seats in the leave-supporting North of England.[3][4]

Labour Leadership[edit]

Following the results of the December 2019 election, Corbyn announced his intention to resign. Starmer was elected as Labour’s new leader on 4 April 2020.[5] Starmer (and his competitors, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy, whom he tried to stand between ideologically) learned of the results via email; the conference where the results were due to be announced was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Long-Bailey (endorsed by the leftmost wing of the party) and Nandy (endorsed by the right) had also served in Corbyn's shadow cabinet. Starmer initially retained them in different roles, but in June he sacked Long-Bailey after accusations of anti-Semitism[6].

Starmer gave himself a stupidly hard job becoming leader of the Labour Party. Said party he inherited has lost four elections in a row, contains deep enmity between the "soft left" and "hard left" wings of the party and is widely distrusted on the economy. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons. When Starmer took over the party, the Conservatives were also leading the Labour Party by approximately 20% in the polls. Fast-forward a few months, Starmer has closed the gap considerably. [7]

In his September 2020 Party Conference speech, Starmer distanced himself from Corbyn by saying the party "deserved" to lose the 2019 election, and Labour is now under "new leadership". [8] The party would go further and outright suspend Corbyn the following month, citing his unrepentance on the long standing Labour anti-Semitism controversy. This was met with backlash from the left-wing of the party which blamed Starmer for it, painting him as a figure similar to Neil Kinnock(the man who started pulling Labour to the center in the 80s which the left in turn blames for recent failures). Corbyn was then reinstated, but Starmer refused to restore Corbyn's whip, and then promptly suspended a Jewish member of the party for defending Corbyn.

Political views[edit]

Keir Starmer believes in renationalising railroads and giving trade unions more power, as well as abolishing the universal credit benefits system [9]