MP Keir Starmer has been named the new leader of the Labour Party after triumphing in the race to succeed J eremy Corbyn.
The millionaire ex-Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer named the new leader of the Labour PartyKeir Starmer named the new leader of the Labour Party
Angela Rayner, who left school pregnant at 16 before rising to Shadow Education Secretary, was named deputy leader with 52.6% of the vote.
Sir Keir won on the first round of voting but despite being the overwhelming frontrunner, Ms Rayner only won in the third round. Candidates had to get more than 50% to win overall.
The result arrived late after Labour’s website crashed, reports The Mirror.
He is expected to announce his shadow cabinet by the end of this weekend with rising stars Lou Haigh, Anneliese Dodds and Jim McMahon tipped for top jobs.
All eyes will be on the new leader’s pick for Shadow Chancellor. Ed Miliband-era shadow minister Rachel Reeves is among many rumoured to make a return, but allies of Sir Keir have remained tight-lipped.
Jeremy Corbyn is expected to return to the back benches after Sir Keir refused to say if he’d have the former leader in his shadow cabinet.
Sir Keir had planned to visit 100 councils to reconnect with heartland workers and Labour’s grassroots.