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Starmer’s case history

To figure out the Labour leader now, we went back to his past – as a human rights lawyer and director of public prosecutions

First published
Monday 22 March 2021

Last updated
Wednesday 24 March 2021

Why this story?

Who is Keir Starmer, really? He sold himself in the Labour leadership campaign as a radical who had fought injustice his whole life, but after one year as party leader, members aren’t sure what they got and the voters he needs to win over don’t know what he stands for.

So we are going back to his legal career – before politics – to see what the cases he chose to fight and the decisions he took tell us about his personal values and political character.

Can a person who succeeds in the law by being reasonable and rational, who rises to the top of the criminal justice system by taking one side then the other, make it as a politician? David Taylor, editor

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