Keir Starmer has been elected as Jeremy Corbyn’s successor as leader of the Labour party.
Starmer who is a former director of public prosecutions has been an MP since 2015 and was the party’s Shadow Brexit Secretary in the shadow Cabinet.
He won the contest on the first round of voting with 56.2% of vote compared to 16.2% Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and 27.6% for Rebecca Long Bailey, who was the party’s shadow Business Secretary.
In his speech after the result was announced Starmer said:
“It is the honour and the privilege of my life to be elected as leader of the Labour Party.
“It comes at a moment like none other in our lifetime.”
Adding that, “under my leadership we will engage constructively with the government; Not opposition for opposition’s sake, Not scoring party political points or making impossible demands.”
Angela Rayner, the MP for Ashton-under-Lyme was elected the party’s Deputy Leader succeeding Tom Watson who stood down as an MP at the last election.
Rayner who got 52.6% of the vote ran against several other MP’s for the position including Ian Murray, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler and Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.
“I want to thank everyone who took part in this election, and all those who have supported me through the campaign. I promise that I will do everything I can to repay your trust.
Things have dramatically changed in our country in recent months but our values remain the same, and more important than ever.”
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