September 18, 2020

Keir Starmer elected as new Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party.

The 57-year old defeated Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in a ballot of party members, trade unionists and registered supporters and will succeed Jeremy Corbyn as opposition leader.

The lawyer, who became an MP in 2015, won on the first round of voting, with more than 50% of ballots cast.

He said his task was to “lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and hope”.

In a video message released by the party, he said it was an “honour and privilege” to have been elected and he hoped Labour “when the time comes can serve our country again – in government”.

Live: Reaction to Starmer victory
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The full results of the leadership contest were:

Sir Keir Starmer – 275,780 votes (56.2%).
Rebecca Long-Bailey – 135,218 votes (27.6%)
Lisa Nandy – 79,597 votes (16.2%)
Just over 490,000 people voted in the contest, out of the 784,151 eligible to take part.

Meanwhile, shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has been elected deputy leader. She defeated four other candidates but the contest was much closer, going to a third round of voting.

Sir Keir, the MP for Holborn and St Pancras, in London, had been the odds-on favourite to win the contest, having received the backing of more MPs and local Labour branches than his rivals as well as significant union support.

During the three month campaign, he argued he was best placed to unite the party and set it back on the road to power after its heavy defeat in December’s general election – which prompted Mr Corbyn to say he would stand down.

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