Who is Keir Starmer, Rishi Singh's Labor opponent announced to be the next Prime Minister of the UK?

Keir Starmer entered politics in 2015 as the MP for Holborn and St Pancras.

New Delhi:

In May 2024, British Prime Minister Rishi Singh called a snap election. Now, Britain will vote on July 4 and apart from the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party, the focus is on Labor candidate and opposition leader Keir Starmer. Mr Starmer is not a fiery politician, but the Labor Party believes his stable and reliable leadership is exactly what Britain needs after 14 years of Conservative rule. At 61, Mr Starmer is the favorite to win the next election.

Here are some facts about Kerr Starmer:

1. Keir Starmer was born on 2 September 1962 in Oxted, Surrey into a working-class family. His mother, a dedicated NHS nurse, battled a rare and severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, while his father worked as a toolmaker. Mr Starmer attended Reigate Grammar School and was the first in his family to go to university. He studied law at the University of Leeds.

2. Before entering politics, Mr Starmer was a prominent human rights lawyer. Known as a “left-wing lawyer” for his commitment to social justice, he began his career as a barrister in 1987 and co-founded Doughty Street Chambers in 1990. He specialized in human rights cases, representing clients through legal aid and pro bono work. His expertise led to his appointment to the Queen’s Council (QC) in 2002 and recognition as QC of the Year. Mr Starmer represented “McLabel Two” in its landmark defamation case against McDonald’s. He also traveled to the Caribbean and Africa to represent defendants facing the death penalty. He also challenged Tony Blair’s government’s invasion of Iraq, developing legal arguments against the war.

3. Mr Starmer was legal adviser to the Northern Ireland Policing Board for five years from 2003 to 2008. It was a critical time in the region’s history, following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, a major step towards peace after decades. During the conflict he met his wife Victoria, who was working for the National Health Service (NHS). The couple married in 2007 and have two children together.

4. In 2008, Mr Starmer was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions, leading the Crown Prosecution Service and managing its thousands of employees. During his tenure he handled several high profile cases including the Stephen Lawrence murder case. His contribution to criminal justice led to a knighthood from the late Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2014.

5. Keir Starmer entered politics in 2015 as MP for Holborn and St Pancras, quickly becoming a key member of the Labor Party. He served as Shadow Immigration Minister from 2015 to 2016. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation in 2019, Mr Starmer was elected leader of the Labor Party in 2020. Mr Starmer promised a change in culture. His mantra – country before party. He opposed Britain’s decision to leave the European Union but made clear that a Labor government would not rejoin the group, which now has 27 members. If elected as the country’s prime minister, Mr Starmer promises to bring stability and change.

The Labor Party manifesto focuses on key initiatives such as hiring 6,500 new teachers, expanding childcare and providing free breakfast clubs in primary schools. They aim to improve economic security by creating more stable jobs, reforming Universal Credit and strengthening housing regulations. The manifesto also talks about support for mental health in schools, social care reform and advancing equality for women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community.

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