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US News Keir Starmer Set For Landslide Win In Labour Leadership Race

21:30  26 february  2020
21:30  26 february  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Keir Starmer has been elected leader of the Labour Party in a landslide , with 56 per cent of the vote in the first round, finishing comfortably ahead of Rebecca Long-Bailey, who got 28 per cent, and Lisa Nandy, who polled 16 per cent. But limits on Starmer ’s power remain – and his biggest battles, not just externally, but internally, lie ahead. The Holborn and St Pancras MP used his victory speech to pledge to “tear out” the poison of anti-Semitism from the Labour Party – a confrontation that runs through the National Executive Committee, where he does not at present have a reliable majority, and

Sir Keir Starmer has won the Labour leadership election with more than 56% of the vote, bringing an end to Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure of almost five years at the top of the party. Starmer , a former director of public prosecutions, won in the first round as the top choice of members, affiliates and registered supporters, with 490,731 votes cast overall. His nearest rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, got 28% of the vote, and Lisa Nandy 16% in the final leg of the race . Angela Rayner was elected deputy leader in the third round on 53%, with the doctor Rosena Allin-Khan in surprise second place on 26% and Richard

Keir Starmer wearing a suit and tie holding his hand up: Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer speaking during the Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow. © PA Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer speaking during the Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow.

Keir Starmer is on course for a comfortable victory in the battle to become the Labour Party’s next leader, according to a new poll. 

The YouGov survey of party members for Sky News shows the shadow Brexit secretary on 53%, suggesting he is set to win the race in the first round of voting.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is considered to be the “continuity Jeremy Corbyn” candidate, is trailing on a distant second on 31%. Campaigning Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has convinced just 16% of members, according to the research.  

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Frontrunner on 53% ahead of Rebecca Long-Bailey on 31% and Lisa Nandy on 16%.

Keir Starmer has always planned to conduct his leadership of the Labour party in stages. The first stage was focused on getting the party in order internally and then responding to the government’s handling of the Covid crisis with “ constructive opposition ”. From April to December, he put his allies in key positions, most notably with the quick installation of a new general secretary , while slowly ramping up Labour ’s criticism of the government. Starmer ’s speech on the economy signalled that the second stage of his leadership is now under way: presenting a vision for the future.

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Under the alternative vote system, if a candidate secures more than 50% of the vote they will be crowned winner. If they fail to reach that bar, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated and their second preference votes are distributed to the remaining candidates. 

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Keir Starmer has been picked as the new Labour leader by an overwhelming margin, heralding a fresh chapter in the party’s history after five years under Jeremy Corbyn. Sir Keir , a former human rights lawyer and director of public prosecutions, won with 56 per cent of the vote. Rebecca Long Bailey, who was seen as the Corbyn continuity candidate, picked up 28 per cent of the vote, while Lisa Nandy got 16 per cent. Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary, won the race to be deputy leader with 53 per cent.

— Keir Starmer (@ Keir _ Starmer ) January 4, 2020. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter. Sir Keir , who backed Remain in the EU referendum and was one of the leading figures in the party advocating for a new referendum, will kick off his leadership bid by visiting Brexit-backing Stevenage on Sunday. Some of Mr Corbyn's allies have blamed Sir Keir 's Brexit stance for the party's disastrous election performance last month, where much of its traditional, Leave-backing Northern strongholds fell to the Conservatives. "We cannot bury our head in the sand

Speaking to HuffPost UK this week, Starmer urged Labour members to hand him a “big” victory so he could unify the party in the wake of December’s bruising election defeat. He said: “Whoever wins, in a sense, the bigger the win the better, so they can get that unity.”

Keir Starmer wearing a suit and tie holding his hand up: Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer speaking during the Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow. © PA Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer speaking during the Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow.

In the deputy leadership race, frontrunner and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner appears to have maintain her commanding lead with 47% of members getting behind her.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon trails on 19%, followed by Rosena Allin-Khan on 13%, Dawn Butler on 12% and Ian Murray, whose campaign is endorsed by former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, is on just 9%. 

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Keir Starmer . The former director of public prosecutions undoubtedly has announced that he is standing for the leadership . He is highly-regarded by both left-wingers and centrists in the party. As Labour ’s shadow Brexit secretary, he played a key role in the party’s eventual backing of a second referendum. Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has announced she wil stand for the leadership . In a letter to the Wigan Post she said she wanted to bring Labour "home" to voters in its traditional strongholds who have abandoned the party. Nandy went on to say that she understands "that we have one chance to

Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer announces his candidacy to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party. He said he brought "utter determination" to the task of winning the next general election for Labour .

It suggests that Rayner will win the contest on the second round of voting. 

The poll would suggest Starmer and Rayner will easily secure victory on April 4, with ballot papers sent out to party members likely to be cast in the coming days.

The poll was of 1,323 Labour members and supporters and conducted between February 20 and 25.

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