Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB QC MP was born on September 2, 1962 in Southwark,London whereas raised in a small village Oxted, Surrey. He is a British politician who has served as Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2020. He has been a Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015. Ideologically He identifies himself as a socialist and has been described as a soft left. After qualifying for the law school, he acted exclusively as a defense attorney specializing in human rights matters, before being appointed as Queen’s Lawyer (QC) in 2002. In 2008, he became Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Chief of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), holding these roles until 2013. For his role as Director of Public Prosecutions, Starmer was named Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) at the 2014 New Year’s Awards. Elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 general election, Starmer was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in October 2016 as Secretary of State for Shadow to leave the European Union, after the vote to leave the European Unionn. Starmer was a vocal defender of a second referendum, claiming that he would have voted to stay. After Labor’s defeat in the 2019 general election, Starmer was chosen to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labor Party in April 2020.
He is 57 years old.
Height in feet inches – 5’ 8” – in centimeters – 172 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 73 kg – in Pounds – 160 lbs
Early Life & Education
Keir Rodney Starmer was born in Southwark, London, on September 2, 1962 and grew up in the small town of Oxted in Surrey. He was born second to the four children of Josephine (née Baker), a nurse, and Rodney Starmer, a toolmaker. Her mother had Still’s disease. His parents were supporters of the Labor Party and named him after the party’s first parliamentary leader, Keir Hardie. He passed the test for over 11 years and gained access to the Reigate Grammar School, then a voluntarily assisted state school, although it became an independent grammar school paying its fees in 1976 while there. In his teens, Starmer was actively involved in labor policy and was a member of the East Surrey Young Socialists.He was a junior exhibitor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama until he was 18 years old and played the flute, piano, flute, and violin. He studied law at the University of Leeds, graduating with a first-class LLB in 1985. He completed postgraduate studies at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating from the University of Oxford as a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1986.
Career as Lawyer
So he studied labor law and civil law. In 1987, Keir became a lawyer for Middle Temple and later a banker in 2009. Starmer was a member of the Doughty Street House, where his primary purpose was to address human rights issues. He also acted as defense attorney in several human rights cases. In 2002 Keir was appointed adviser to the queen. From 2008 to 2013, Starmer was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions and Chief of the Crown Prosecution Services. Keir, in 2014, was named Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the New Year 2014 Honours.
Career into Politics
Keir entered politics in the mainstream and elected the House of Commons in the 2015 general election. The following year he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State to leave the European Union. A year ago in the 2019 General Election, after the Labor Party saw a major defeat for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labor Party decided to resign from office. This was a golden opportunity for Keir and, in a recent vote for the new opposition leader, Keir won in the first round with 56% in his favor. He will assume the position as of April 4, 2020.
Leadership of the Labour Party
Following Labor’s heavy defeat in the 2019 general election, Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would retire as leader of the Labor Party. Starmer announced his candidacy in the following leadership elections on January 4, 2020, garnering multiple endorsements from MPs and the Unison union.He won the leadership contest on April 4, 2020, beating his rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy, with 56.2% of the votes in the first round, and therefore he also became Leader of the Opposition. The next day, he appointed his Shadow Cabinet, which included former leader Ed Miliband, as well as the two candidates he defeated in the leadership contest. She also appointed Anneliese Dodds as Shadow Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance, making her the first woman to serve in that position, either in a ministerial position or in a shadow ministerial ministry.
Starmer identifies himself as a moral socialist. It has been described as ‘soft left’. Supports social ownership and investment in UK public services, including the NHS, as well as the abolition of university tuition fees. He has called for an increase in the income tax for 5% of the main salaried employees and an end to corporate tax evasion.He advocates the reversal of Conservative Party cuts in corporate tax and supported Labor’s anti-austerity proposals under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. On social inequality, Starmer proposes “national indicators of well-being” to measure the country’s performance in health, inequality, homelessness, and the environment. He has called for a “review” of the UK’s universal credit scheme. Starmer has called for an end to “illegal wars” and a review of UK arms sales. During his leadership campaign, he pledged to create a “Military Intervention Prevention Law,” which would only allow legal military action with the support of the House of Commons. Starmer stated in 2015 that he believed the Iraq War “was not legal under international law because there was no UN resolution expressly authorizing it.”
Wife & Children
Starmer married Victoria Alexander, a lawyer, in 2007. The couple’s son and daughter are being raised in their mother’s Jewish faith and the family attends Shabbat dinners. Starmer is an enthusiastic footballer, who played for Homerton Academicals, a North London amateur team, and supports Arsenal in the Premier League. His late parents were very fond of donkeys, running a small sanctuary for threatened animals in a seven-acre field, which he bought from them in 1996, behind her home near Oxted. He is a vegetarian and believes that “it is better for you and for the environment”.
Awards and Honours
Appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002. Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award in 2005, for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty. Appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2014 New Year Honours for “services to law and criminal justice”. The knighthood entitles him to be styled as “Sir Keir Starmer”; however, he prefers that people do not use the title “Sir”. Sworn into the Privy Council of the United Kingdom on 19 July 2017. Elected Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, in 2019.
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