LABOUR PICK KEIR TO LEAD

Starmer ends the Cor­byn era

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - By SIAN HE­WITT

SIR Keir Starmer has been named the new leader of the Labour Party.

The for­mer Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, 57, took 56% of the vote to re­place Jeremy Cor­byn, who was at the helm for five years.

Sir Keir saw off Re­becca LongBai­ley, who se­cured 27.6%, and Lisa Nandy, who got just 16.2%.

Manch­ester MP An­gela Rayner, 40, was elected deputy leader.

Af­ter his ap­point­ment yes­ter­day Sir Keir, inset, said: “I will lead this great party into a new era, with con­fi­dence and hope, so that when the time comes we can serve our coun­try again – in gov­ern­ment.” Mr Cor­byn, 70, said in De­cem­ber he would quit as Labour leader af­ter the party suf­fered its worst elec­tion de­feat since 1935.

It fol­lowed years of party in-fight­ing, ac­cu­sa­tions of an­ti­Semitism and bit­ter di­vi­sions over Brexit.

The an­nounce­ment of Sir Keir’s ap­point­ment yes­ter­day was due to be made at a special Labour con­fer­ence but, be­cause of the coro­n­avirus out­break, it was re­placed with a sim­ple email an­nounce­ment with a pre-recorded mes­sage to Labour sup­port­ers.

PM Boris John­son of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions, adding: “We agreed on the im­por­tance of all party lead­ers con­tin­u­ing to work con­struc­tively to­gether through this na­tional emer­gency.” Ac­tor Tony Robin­son wrote: “I have just re­joined the Labour Party. So sad about the moral dis­grace of the last five years. But so happy to have a new leader who can put things right.”

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