Keir Starmer: Who is the new Prime Minister of Britain (VIDEO)

The difficult childhood, the middle ground and the love of football of the new prime minister of Britain

Screenshot 1 4 Keir Starmer, PRIME MINISTER OF BRITAIN

A lawyer with expertise in human rights issues and involvement in politics only in the last 9 years is Sir Keir Starmer, the new Prime Minister of Britain.

What Starmer has achieved is unique in that he has led Labor from its worst election defeat in almost a century to being the dominant force in British politics and returning to government after 14 years.

Most did not believe that such a turnaround could happen. His enemies, Politico reports, call it luck: they say he's benefited from Tory mistakes (which he did).

The change he promised

Politically, he positioned himself as a Socialist, and when Jeremy Corbyn resigned as Labor leader in 2019, Starmer ran to succeed him with 10 promises of which, Politico notes, he ultimately kept only one: to make effective opposition.

He claims that the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the state of Britain's public finances prevent him from going ahead with his original platform. “We had to take the Labor Party and literally turn it upside down. We've lost our way as a party by 2019, we've lost our way, we've lost our direction," he said in January.

What Starmer did was to discipline the party, abandon some of Corbyn's socialist policies and apologize for anti-Semitism, which an internal inquiry showed had been allowed to run rampant under the former Labor leader. His main slogan was "the country before the party".

As the Associated Press notes, what Starmer did was to move the Tories towards the middle ground. What he promised voters was change and a restoration of stability in public life to give Britain 'the sunlight of hope.

The next day will not be easy and difficult things will come, as he mentioned in his first message after the election victory. Some say he has already backtracked on his pledge to spend billions investing in green technology, saying a Labor government would not borrow more to fund public spending. Regarding Brexit, although a fierce opponent of Leave, he now says that a Labor government will not seek to overturn this decision.

From lawyer, judge and finally Labor leader

A former judge in England and Wales, Starmer has often been described by his Conservative rivals as a "left-wing London barrister". He got the Sir title for his role as head of the Crown Prosecution Service and his opponents like to use his title to portray him as elitist and out of touch.

He prefers to reminisce about his humble roots and pursuits such as football as he still continues to play whenever he finds time at the weekends while enjoying watching his beloved Arsenal over a pint in his local pub.

With his wife, Victoria, who works in the health sector, they have two teenage children, whom they try to keep out of the public eye. It is no coincidence that throughout the election period he resisted revealing details of his personal life, answering in an interview with the Guardian that he does not remember any of his dreams, has no favorite novel and had no childhood fears.

The new British prime minister's father was a tool maker and his mother a nurse with Starmer taking his first name from Keir Hardy, the first leader of the Labor Party. As a student Starmer excelled at school, playing the flute and playing football with his siblings calling him Superboy.

He claims that "there were difficult times" in his childhood that have shaped some of his political positions on issues such as inflation or government funding of the national health system.

Starmer was the first member of his family to go to college, studying law at the University of Leeds and Oxford. As a barrister, he took on civil liberties cases that brought him into conflict with both Conservative and Labor governments.

In 2008, he moved from the bar to the prosecutor's office, and in the five years he served as a judicial officer, he developed a reputation as a tough and hard-working prosecutor.

According to Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, Tim Bale, “many people on the left will accuse him of letting them down, of betraying socialist principles. And many people on the right accuse him of butt-flipping. But, if that's what it takes to win, then I think that says something about Starmer's character. He will do whatever it takes – and he has done whatever it takes – to become a government.”

Source: protothema.gr