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Keir Starmer is new Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer has emerged victorious in the race to become the new leader of the Labour Party, winning in the first round with 56% of the vote.

His priorities as leader include replacing Universal Credit, the abolition of tuition fees, investment in lifelong learning, developing "a new green deal", reviewing UK arms sales, clamping down on tax avoidance and supporting "common ownership" of utilities.

I have not been a Labour member for over ten years, but I should congratulate Keir Starmer on his victory. We need a strong and effective opposition at this time and one that is capable of providing rigorous scrutiny. Starmer is very much someone who focuses on detail, which should serve his party, and the country, well at this time.

While I do not find Starmer a particularly inspiring choice, if I was a Labour party member I would probably have voted for him as the candidate most likely to create problems for Boris Johnson - and also as the most sensible option. At le…

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