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Keir Starmer is a British politician and former lawyer who has served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2020. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015. Ideologically, Starmer has been described as being on the soft left within the Labour Party. After qualifying for the bar, Starmer acted exclusively as a defense lawyer, specializing in human rights issues as a member of Doughty Street Chambers, before being named a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002.
Starmer became Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2008, holding these roles until 2013. At the conclusion of his five-year term as Director of Public Prosecutions, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2014 New Year Honours. Elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 general election, Starmer became Shadow Minister for Immigration in 2015 before being appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in October 2016 as Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
He advocated a second referendum on Brexit, saying he would have voted to remain. After Labour’s defeat in the 2019 general election, Starmer was elected to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in April 2020. Starmer’s tenure as a leader has been marked by his opposition to some of the Conservative government’s COVID-19 pandemic measures and has included removing the party whip from his predecessor, a by-election loss in the previously Labour seat Hartlepool, and a hold in Batley and Spen, with mixed results in the 2021 local elections.
Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB QC was born on September 2, 1962 (age 60 years) in Southwark, London, United Kingdom. He grew up in the small town of Oxted in Surrey. He was the second of the four children of Josephine Baker, a nurse, and Rodney Starmer, a toolmaker. His mother had Still’s disease. His parents were Labour Party supporters, and named him after the party’s first parliamentary leader, Keir Hardie.
He passed the 11-plus examination and gained entry to Reigate Grammar School, then a voluntary aided selective grammar school. It was converted into an independent fee-paying school in 1976, while he was a student, although he was exempt from paying fees. Among his classmates were the musician Norman Cook, alongside whom Starmer took violin lessons, Andrew Cooper, who went on to become a Conservative peer, and future conservative journalist Andrew Sullivan: according to Starmer, he and Sullivan “fought over everything… Politics, religion. You name it.”
In his teenage years, Starmer was active in Labour politics and was a member of the East Surrey Young Socialists. He was a junior exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama until the age of 18 and played the flute, piano, recorder and violin. Starmer studied law at the University of Leeds, graduating with a first-class Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1985, becoming the first member of his family to graduate. He undertook postgraduate studies at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1986. From 1986 to 1987, Starmer edited the radical magazine Socialist Alternatives.
Keir Starmer became a barrister in 1987 at the Middle Temple, later becoming a bencher there in 2009. He served as a legal officer for the campaign group Liberty until 1990. He was a member of Doughty Street Chambers from 1990 onwards, primarily working on human rights issues. He has been called to the bar in several Caribbean countries, where he has defended convicts sentenced to the death penalty. He notably worked for Helen Steel and David Morris in the McLibel case, which went to court in 1997. In an interview, he described the case as “very much a David and Goliath”, and said that “there’s an extremely good legal team acting for McDonald’s at great expense and Dave and Helen have had to act for themselves with me as a sort of free back up whenever possible.” He was interviewed for McLibel, the documentary about the case directed by Franny Armstrong and Ken Loach.
Starmer was appointed Queen’s Counsel on 9 April 2002, aged 39. In the same year, he became joint head of Doughty Street Chambers. Starmer served as a human rights adviser to the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Association of Chief Police Officers, and was also a member of the Foreign Office’s death penalty advisory panel from 2002 to 2008. He later cited his work on policing in Northern Ireland as being a key influence on his decision to pursue a political career: “Some of the things I thought that needed to change in police services we achieved more quickly than we achieved in strategic litigation… I came better to understand how you can change by being inside and getting the trust of people”. During this time he also marched and authored legal opinions against the Iraq War. In 2007, he was named “QC of the Year” by Chambers and Partners.
Director of Public Prosecutions
In July 2008, Attorney General Baroness Scotland of Asthal named Starmer as the new Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Director of Public Prosecutions. He took over from Ken Macdonald on 1 November 2008. Macdonald, himself a former defence lawyer, publicly welcomed the appointment. Starmer was considered to be bringing a focus on human rights into the legal system. Within the first few months of his tenure, Starmer upheld the decision not to prosecute the police officers who had killed Jean-Charles de Menezes in a High Court appeal lodged by the family. The family then gave up on pursuing charges and nobody has been charged with the death of de Menezes.
In 2009, when the Conservative Party proposed repealing the Human Rights Act, Starmer defended it as a “clear and basic statement of our citizens’ human rights”. Liberty and the Liberal Democrats supported Starmer, while the Conservative MP David T. C. Davies suggested that he should be sacked. In the same year, he called for the CPS to modernize by being more open to scrutiny and less reliant on paper files. In 2011, he would introduce reforms that included the “first test paperless hearing”.
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Keir Starmer announced in February 2010 the CPS’s decision to prosecute three Labour MPs and a Conservative peer for offenses relating to false accounting in the aftermath of the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal. They were all found guilty. In the same year, he supported proposals to legally recognize different degrees of murder. In 2010, and 2012, Starmer said that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute two members of the UK security services for their alleged role in torture overseas, but supported the further investigation.
Starmer announced in July 2010 the decision not to prosecute the police officer Simon Harwood in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson; this led to accusations by Tomlinson’s family of a police cover-up. After a subsequent inquest found that Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed, Starmer announced that Harwood would be prosecuted for manslaughter. The officer was acquitted by a jury in July 2012, but dismissed from the police that September. In December 2010, Starmer changed the decision process to require his personal approval to prosecute women who withdraw accusations of rape after a woman was convicted for perverting the course of justice “despite judges’ belief that her claim of long-term abuse, intimidation and rape at the hands of her husband was true”.
He later produced guidelines to prevent the same women from being unfairly prosecuted. In 2011, thirteen serving and former police officers were prosecuted for perverting the course of justice in the 1988 murder of Lynette White. The prosecution were unable to provide documents which “could have helped” the defendants, that were claimed to have been destroyed by the police officer leading the case against them. The prosecution made the decision, approved by Starmer, not to offer any further evidence, and the trial collapsed. Starmer ordered a review into the circumstances that had led to the decision and ordered a further review in 2012 when the missing documents were found.
During the 2011 riots, Starmer prioritized rapid prosecutions of rioters over long sentences, which he later thought had helped to bring “the situation back under control”. Later that year, after revelations concerning the undercover police infiltration of environmental campaigns, Starmer ordered a review of related convictions and invited protestors convicted of aggravated trespass to appeal their sentences. Starmer declined to authorize a wider enquiry, after a report from the judge Christopher Rose found the issue to be a result of individual fault rather than a systemic problem.
In February 2012, Starmer announced that Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and his former wife, Vicky Pryce, would be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice. Huhne became the first cabinet minister in British history to be compelled to resign as a result of criminal proceedings. Starmer had previously said in relation to the case that “where there is sufficient evidence we do not shy away from prosecuting politicians”. Later that year, he wrote advice for prosecutors, saying that they should consider whether violent protestors organized or prepared for violence, compared to protestors who got “caught up in illegal actions”.
In the summer of 2012, journalist Nick Cohen published allegations that Starmer was personally responsible for allowing to proceed the prosecution of Paul Chambers in what became known as the “Twitter Joke Trial”. Chambers’ conviction of sending a message “of a menacing character” was quashed after a third appeal. The CPS denied that Starmer was behind the decision, saying that it was the responsibility of a Crown Court and was out of Starmer’s hands. Later that year, Starmer published a plan for the criminal justice system to better handle cases of female genital mutilation. At the time, the offence had never been successfully prosecuted. At the end of 2012, he published guidance on prosecuting cases of grossly offensive posts on social media that called for caution in prosecuting cases, and considering whether users quickly removed posts or showed remorse.
Keir Starmer announced in 2013 changes to how sexual abuse investigations would be handled in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal, including a panel to review historic complaints. In the same year, he published a study showing that false reports of rape were rare, saying that the “devastating impact of false allegations” and the perception that they’re more common than the data support mean that police forces might adopt a “cautious” approach that can “lead to injustice for victims” of rape. He also started an inquiry into the cause of a reduction in police reports of rape and domestic abuse. In the same year, he altered guidelines for those improperly claiming benefits enabling them to face ten years in prison under the Fraud Act instead of a maximum of seven years under more specific legislation.
Starmer left office in November 2013 and was replaced by Alison Saunders. Later that month, the Labour Party announced that Starmer would lead an enquiry into changing the law to give further protection to victims in cases of rape and child abuse. On 28 December, he said to BBC News he was “rather enjoying having some free time” and “considering a number of options”. There was speculation at the time that he would stand as a Labour Party candidate for Parliament.
Keir Starmer was selected in December 2014 to be the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the safe Labour constituency of Holborn and St Pancras, following the decision of the sitting MP Frank Dobson to retire. Starmer was elected at the 2015 general election with a majority of 17,048. He was urged by a number of activists to stand to be the leader of the Labour Party in the 2015 leadership election following the resignation of Ed Miliband, but he ruled this out, citing his relative lack of political experience. During the campaign, Starmer supported Andy Burnham, who finished second to Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn appointed Starmer to the shadow Home Office ministerial team as Shadow Minister for Immigration, a role from which he resigned in 2016 in protest at Corbyn’s leadership, along with numerous other Labour MPs, saying that it was “simply untenable now to suggest we can offer an effective opposition without a change of leader”.
Shadow Brexit Secretary
Following Corbyn’s re-election as a leader in September 2016, Starmer accepted an appointment as shadow Brexit secretary, replacing Emily Thornberry who had held the role concurrently with her continuing position as shadow foreign secretary. On taking up the role, Starmer resigned from a consultancy position with the law firm specializing in human rights, Mishcon de Reya, that had acted for Gina Miller in bringing legal proceedings against the Government.
In his role as shadow Brexit secretary, Starmer questioned the Government’s “destination” for the UK outside of the European Union, as well as called for Brexit plans to be made public. On 6 December 2016, prime minister Theresa May confirmed the publication of Brexit plans, in what some considered a victory for Starmer. He has argued that the government would need to pass a large number of new laws quickly, or risk an “unsustainable legal vacuum”, if Britain left the EU without a deal. On 25 September 2018, Starmer said at Labour Party Conference that the party “campaigning for a public vote must be an option”.
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Starmer called for a reform to the EU free movement rules following Brexit and for a “fundamental rethink of immigration rules from start to finish”. In his first interview after being appointed to the shadow cabinet, Starmer said that immigration should be reduced after Britain left the EU by “making sure we have the skills in this country”. Starmer told Politico in November 2016 that negotiations with the EU should start on the understanding that there must be “some change” to freedom of movement rules, given that remaining in the EU single market is no longer a reality.
In May 2017, Starmer said that “free movement has to go”, but that it was important to allow EU citizens to migrate to the UK once they had a job offer, given the importance of immigration for the UK’s economy. Starmer was a supporter of a second referendum on Brexit. This position was included as a Labour Party policy in the party’s 2019 general election manifesto.
Leadership of the Labour Party
Following Labour’s heavy defeat at the 2019 general election, Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would stand down as leader of the Labour Party. Starmer announced his candidacy in the ensuing leadership election on 4 January 2020, winning endorsements from MPs, as well as from the trade union Unison. Supporters of Rebecca Long-Bailey criticized Starmer for releasing details of his campaign donations on the register of members’ interests rather than independently, as Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy had done, which meant that details of his donors weren’t published until after voting had opened. He went on to win the leadership contest on 4 April 2020, beating Long-Bailey and Nandy, with 56.2% of the vote in the first round, and thus became Leader of the Opposition. In his acceptance speech, he said would refrain from “scoring party political points” and that he planned to “engage constructively with the government”, having become opposition leader amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
During the April pandemic lockdown, Starmer called for the government to publish an exit strategy outlining which parts of the economy and society would be prioritized once the government’s tests for coming out of lockdown were met. He said that the government had been “too slow to enter the lockdown” and called for an exit plan in a “careful, considered way with public health, scientific evidence and the safety of workers and families”. In June, he said he would support the government in “trying to do the right thing” when scrutinizing the government’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions. On 16 August, he called for the government to reopen schools in September, saying there were “no ifs, no buts, no equivocation” regarding the decision.
Keir Starmer made his first speech to the Labour Party Conference on 22 September 2020. He attacked the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, calling it “serial incompetence” and suggesting that Boris Johnson was “just not up to the job”. Labour unveiled “A New Leadership” as its slogan the day before the conference. In October 2020, Starmer called for the government to introduce a “circuit-breaker” lockdown for at least two weeks to reduce the impact of COVID-19 over the winter, which had been revealed to have been recommended by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies but not implemented by the government. In December 2020, Starmer was criticized for failing to challenge white nationalist Great Replacement conspiracy theories made by a caller when Starmer was a guest on Nick Ferrari’s programme on talk radio station LBC.
Keir Starmer led the Labour Party into the 2021 local elections. On 11 March, Starmer launched Labour’s local election campaign, with deputy leader Angela Rayner, mayor of London Sadiq Khan, first minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and West Yorkshire metro-mayor candidate Tracy Brabin as speakers. The party focused its election priorities on giving nurses a pay rise. This was during a period of popularity for the government in the wake of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and going into the short campaign period, the Conservative Party started to develop a 6–7% poll lead on the Labour Party.
Starmer was criticised for the Labour Party’s failure to retain Hartlepool at the 2021 Hartlepool by-election. The seat is part of the “red wall”, a set of constituencies that historically supported the Labour Party but where the party is being challenged by increasing Conservative support. The Labour Party candidate Paul Williams was a vocal advocate of a second referendum on EU membership; however, the 70% of voters in the constituency of Hartlepool had voted to leave the EU, leading to criticism that Starmer had made the wrong decision in advocating for Williams to be selected as the candidate. The Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer won the by-election with 51.9% of the vote and a swing from Labour of almost 16%. It became only the second time since 1982 that the governing party gained a seat in a by-election, and the first Conservative win in the constituency since its creation in 1974, with a majority of 6,940 votes.
At the local elections, the Labour Party lost 327 councillors and control of 8 councils. It gained the West of England and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayoralties’. However, the Labour Party failed to take the position of mayor of the West Midlands. The party won a net equal number of police and crime commissioners. Elections also took place to the devolved Scottish and Welsh parliaments. In Wales, Labour equalled its best-ever result in a Senedd election falling one seat short of an overall majority, which has never been achieved in that institution, which the BBC reporter Adrian Browne credited to Mark Drakeford and approval of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Scotland, the party achieved its worst-ever result at a Holyrood election-winning just 16 seats two less than in 2016. On 1 July, Labour held the seat of Batley and Spen in a by-election, a result which was considered to have taken some pressure off Starmer’s leadership.
Internal party affairs
In April 2020, Keir Starmer appointed his Shadow Cabinet over the course of the week following the leadership election, which included former leader Ed Miliband, as well as both of the candidates he defeated in the contest. He also appointed Anneliese Dodds as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, making her the first woman to serve in that position in either a ministerial or shadow ministerial position.
On 25 June 2020, Starmer sacked his former leadership rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, from her post as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. Long-Bailey had refused to delete a tweet calling the actress Maxine Peake an “absolute diamond” and linking to an interview in The Independent in which Peake said that the practice of kneeling on someone’s neck by US police, as used in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, was “learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services”. The original article stated that “the Israeli police has denied this.”
Keir Starmer said that because the article “contained anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” it should not have been shared by Long-Bailey. The decision to sack Long-Bailey was criticized by the Socialist Campaign Group, whose members had a meeting with Starmer about the decision. The decision was welcomed by some Jewish groups including the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Labour Movement. Starmer said that “restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority. Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.” On 27 June, he replaced her with Kate Green.
On 23 September 2020, three frontbenchers (Olivia Blake, Nadia Whittome, and Beth Winter) rebelled against Labour’s position of abstention on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill and voted against the bill; all three lost their frontbench roles over the issue. This move was seen as an indication of the firm discipline Starmer intends to exert over his party. This same discipline was seen with the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill In its third reading on 15 October 2020, the Labour Party’s stance was to abstain, yet 34 Labour MPs rebelled, including shadow ministers Dan Carden and Margaret Greenwood, and five parliamentary private secretaries who all resigned from their frontbench roles. These 34 were penalized the next day by being put on probation for going against the one-line whip to abstain.
At the end of the following month, following the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into antisemitism in the party, Starmer accepted its findings in full and apologized to Jews on behalf of the party. Later that day, Labour suspended former leader Corbyn over his response to the report. Some saw Starmer’s actions as “civil war” against the left wing of the party, and many on the left called for Corbyn’s suspension to be lifted. Starmer’s refusal to reverse the decision regarding Corbyn’s suspension, and later the whip, resulted in sections of the left feeling alienated.
In the aftermath of relatively poor results in the 2021 local elections, Starmer carried out a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. Starmer sacked Angela Rayner as Chair of the Labour Party and National Campaign Coordinator following the elections. The move was criticised by former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. The major outcome of the reshuffle was the demotion of the Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds.
Rachel Reeves was appointed as the new Shadow Chancellor and Angela Rayner succeeded Reeves as Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Nick Brown was dismissed as Chief Whip and replaced by his deputy, Alan Campbell. Valerie Vaz departed as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and was replaced by Thangam Debbonaire, who in turn was succeeded as Shadow Housing Secretary by Lucy Powell. On 11 May 2021, Starmer’s Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) Carolyn Harris resigned, which The Times reported was after allegedly spreading false rumours about the private life of Angela Rayner prior to her sacking. Sharon Hodgson was appointed as Starmer’s new PPS.
In the run-up to Labour’s 2021 conference, the party announced plans to reform its governance structure with changes including the return of its older electoral college which would give MPs, members and trade unions a third of the vote each in future leadership elections. Starmer’s spokespeople said that this was a way to strengthen the party’s link with the trade union movement but commentators described the changes as an attempt to increase the power of MPs and trade unions at the expense of the general membership along with being a symbolic act to draw a distinction between Starmer and Corbyn.
Keir Starmer gave up on the electoral college after it failed to gain the support of trade unions; however, the party’s executive committee agreed to send a series of more modest reforms to conference, including increasing the percentage of Labour MPs a candidate would need the support of to get on the leadership election ballot, banning the party’s newest members from voting, and making it harder for members to deselect MPs. These changes were later passed by a small margin. Meanwhile, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union voted to end its affiliation to Labour dating back to early in the party’s history, commenting that it had “travelled away from the aims and hopes of working-class organizations like ours” under Starmer’s leadership.
In November 2021, he carried out a surprise reshuffle of his shadow cabinet. Changes included the promotion of Yvette Cooper and David Lammy to shadow home and foreign secretary, respectively, while former Labour leader Ed Miliband was moved from Business to Climate Change. The appointment of Cooper in particular was described by some as a sign of Labour further splitting from the Corbyn leadership and moving to the right. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, and Robert Peston of ITV News, said that the reshuffle aimed to “combine experience and youth” and end “the fatuous project of trying to … placate Labour’s warring factions”, and instead chose “shadow ministers for their perceived ability”. In the New Statesman, journalist Stephen Bush suggested that Starmer had “removed underperforming shadow cabinet ministers and rewarded his biggest hitters – but the resulting shadow cabinet looks to be less than the sum of its parts.”
Shortly before the Russian Invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, 11 Labour backbench MPs signed a letter by the Stop the War Coalition which accused the UK government of “sabre-rattling” and said that NATO “should call a halt to its eastward expansion and commit to a new security deal for Europe which meets the needs of all states and peoples,” whilst also arguing that NATO was an aggressive organization due to military actions taken by its members outside its borders in the past. The MPs were asked by the party whips, representatives of the leadership tasked with maintaining discipline among Labour MPs, to remove their names from the statement under threat of being expelled from the party and all quickly agreed to do so.
A spokesperson for the Labour Party said that this action ensured that every Labour MP understood that their party was on the side of “Britain, Nato, freedom and democracy”. At around this time, Young Labour’s Twitter account was suspended after it criticized the leadership policy towards NATO. In an interview with the BBC in March 2022, Starmer was asked whether he would be hoping that MPs who backed Stop the War “won’t be standing at the next election or if they do whether he would be fully supporting them to do so”. After repeatedly being accused of not answering the question, Starmer gave the answer of “well, they are Labour MPs and of course I support them, but all of our MPs will go through a process for selection into the next election”.
February 2022 incident near Parliament
On 2 February 2022, Boris Johnson falsely claimed during Prime Minister’s Questions that Starmer had failed to prosecute serial sex offender Jimmy Savile when Starmer was director of public prosecutions (DPS). Starmer was director of public prosecutions in the years immediately prior to Saville’s death but there is no evidence he was involved in the decision to not have him prosecuted. The claim linking the failure of the DPS to prosecute Savile to Starmer originated in 2018 on the right-wing Guido Fawkes blog, and was amplified in April 2020 by the far-right fake news website Politicalite.
During an interview with Sky News, Johnson did not apologize for his comment but said that Starmer personally had “nothing to do” with the failure to prosecute Savile. On 7 February, while Starmer was leaving Parliament, he was harassed by a group of people who shouted “traitor” and “Jimmy Savile”. Two people, a man and a woman, were arrested after a traffic cone was thrown at officers. Johnson tweeted that it was “absolutely disgraceful” and thanked the police for acting swiftly. A reporter for BBC Monitoring said that the activists’ references to Magna Carta indicated that the protesters were members of the sovereign citizen movement. The Savile claims have also been linked to British offshoots of the QAnon conspiracy movement. On 14 February it was reported that Starmer had received death threats, which were being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
Keir Starmer wrote articles for the magazines Socialist Alternatives and Socialist Lawyer as a young man in the 1980s and 1990s. In July 1986, Starmer wrote in the first issue of Socialist Alternatives that trade unions should have had control over the “industry and community”. He wrote in Socialist Lawyer that “Karl Marx was, of course, right” in saying it was pointless to believe a change of society could only be achieved by arguing about fundamental rights.
In a January 2020 interview, Starmer described himself as a socialist and stated in an opinion piece published by The Guardian the same month that his advocacy of socialism is motivated by “a burning desire to tackle inequality and injustice”; however, Starmer refused to characterise himself as a socialist in an interview with the i’s Francis Elliott in December 2021. He has been described as being on the soft left, in continuity with former Labour leader Ed Miliband. Gavin Millar, a former legal colleague of Starmer’s, has described his politics as “red-green”, a characterisation Starmer has agreed with.
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Keir Starmer supports social ownership and investment in the UK’s public services, including the National Health Service (NHS), as well as the abolition of university tuition fees. He has called for an increase in income tax for the top 5% of earners and an end to tax avoidance by corporations. He advocates the reversal of the Conservative Party’s cuts in corporation tax and supported Labour’s anti-austerity proposals under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. On social inequality, Starmer proposes “national wellbeing indicators” to measure the country’s performance on health, inequality, homelessness, and the environment.
Starmer has called for an “overhaul” of the UK’s Universal Credit scheme. Opposing Scottish independence and a second referendum on the subject, the Labour Party under Starmer’s leadership has set up a constitutional convention to address what he describes as a belief among people across the UK that “decisions about me should be taken closer to me.” Starmer is against the reunification of Ireland, having stated that he would be “very much on the side of Unionists” if there were to be a border poll.
In 2022 speeches, Keir Starmer criticized Boris Johnson over the party gate scandal, calling for the prime minister to resign in the “national interest”; Starmer also criticized Johnson’s government as lacking moral authority and the Conservative Party as consumed by a “self-indulgent” internal “fight about a leader who they should have known from the start is not fit for office.” Starmer vowed to restore trust in government if he came to power.
He criticized Johnson’s government for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, for failing to reduce NHS lines, and over levels of street crime. Starmer described the Labour Party as “deeply patriotic” and cited its most successful leaders, Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair, for policies “rooted in the everyday concerns of working people”. Starmer advocates government based on, “security, prosperity and respect”. Starmer wants crime reduced maintaining that, “too many people do not feel safe in their streets”. Starmer wants to see, “repairing after the pandemic”.
Keir Starmer maintained that the Tories were preoccupied with the leadership in their own party and were failing to bring down waiting times in the NHS. Starmer said, “Rather than concentrating on getting through the pandemic and bringing down waiting lists, this self-indulgent Tory party is instead of having a fight about a leader who they should have known from the start is not fit for office.” Starmer favours partnership between government and business, Starmer said, “A political party without a clear plan for making sure businesses are successful and growing … which doesn’t want them to do well and make a profit … has no hope of being a successful government.”
Starmer has advocated an end to “illegal wars” and a review of the UK arms export. During his leadership campaign, he pledged to create a “Prevention of Military Intervention Act”, which would only permit lawful military action with the support of the House of Commons. Starmer stated in 2015 that he believed that the Iraq War was “not lawful under international law because there was no UN resolution expressly authorizing it.” Starmer called for sanctions against Chinese officials who have been involved in human rights abuses.
He criticized the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Saudi Arabian–led intervention in Yemen, saying that “it is Boris Johnson and his government who have signed off on the sale of billions of pounds of fighter jets, bombs and missiles, weapons that have destroyed civilian infrastructure, targeted schools and hospitals, and fuelled the humanitarian crisis that Yemen faces. The government must face up to its complicity in this crisis, and we must all talk about Yemen.” Starmer condemned the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and said the world needed to “engage, not isolate” Iran and warned that “all sides need to de-escalate tensions and prevent further conflict.”
Though previously an advocate for a second Brexit referendum after the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU was completed, he ruled out in 2021 a return to free movement with the EU or substantial renegotiation of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement if Labour won the next United Kingdom general election. Of the United States, as it transitioned from the presidency of Donald Trump to that of Joe Biden, he said: “I’m anti-Trump but I’m pro-American. And I’m incredibly optimistic about the new relationship we can build with President Biden.”
He argued that “Britain is at its strongest” when it is “the bridge between the US and the rest of Europe.” Starmer said that Israel “must respect international law” and called on the Israeli government to work with Palestinian leaders to de-escalate tensions. Starmer opposes illegal Israeli settlements, proposals for Israeli annexation of the West Bank, and “the eviction of Palestinians” in the Israeli-occupied territories; he also opposes the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement promoting boycotts, divestments, and economic sanctions against Israel.
During a period of difficult relations between Russia and the west in early 2022, Keir Starmer held a meeting with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and said in an interview with the BBC that his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn was “wrong” to be a critic of NATO and that the Labour Party’s commitment to the alliance was “unshakeable”. He elaborated on this point that he felt it was “important for me to make clear that we stand united in the UK… Whatever challenges we have with Boris Johnson’s government when it comes to Russian aggression we stand together.”
He said Russia should be hit with “widespread and hard-hitting” economic sanctions. Starmer said he would be willing to use nuclear weapons, adding “If you believe in the deterrent, that’s the whole point”. He also criticized the Stop The War Coalition in an opinion piece for The Guardian arguing that they were “not benign voices for peace” but rather “At best they are naive, at worst they actively give succor to authoritarian leaders who directly threaten democracies.” He described NATO as an “unprecedented alliance of democracies”.
Keir Starmer is married to Victoria Alexander, they had their wedding ceremony in 2007. his wife Victoria was previously a solicitor but now works in NHS occupational health. The couple’s son and daughter are being brought up in the Jewish faith of their mother and the family attends shabbat dinners. Starmer himself identifies as an atheist. Starmer is a keen footballer, having played for Homerton Academicals, a north London amateur team, and supports Premier League side Arsenal. Starmer is a vegetarian, believing that “it’s better for yourself and for the environment”.
Keir Starmer net worth
How much is Keir Starmer worth? Keir Starmer net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a former lawyer and politician. Starmer’s successful career earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. However, in October 2021, he tested positive for COVID-19. He tested positive again for COVID-19 in January 2022.