Keir Starmer


Keir was elected as Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras in May 2015. He has lived in Kentish Town for more than 15 years and his two children go to local schools in the constituency.

In October 2016 Keir was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, taking up the role as Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. You can read Keir’s latest appearances in the House of Commons here and his Bloomberg speech on Labour’s approach to Brexit here.

Prior to becoming an MP Keir was a human rights lawyer, co-founding Doughty Street Chambers in 1990 and conducting cases in the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Keir also worked to help eradicate the death penalty in a number of countries (mainly in the Caribbean and Africa) and continues to work closely on a voluntary basis with the Death Penalty Project, most recently (October 2016) seeking to end the death penalty in Taiwan.

From 2002-2007 Keir worked as human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland, monitoring compliance of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with the Human Rights Act.

In 2008 Keir was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales, a role he held until 2013.

After stepping down as DPP, Keir worked with Doreen Lawrence and victims’ groups to draft a victims’ law, which was included in Labour’s 2015 election manifesto. Keir continues to be a patron of the Victims’ Forum (a group dedicated to championing victims’ rights) and introduced a Private Members Bill (the Victims of Crime etc. Bill) in 2015.

Keir studied law at Leeds University and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and has published several books including Three Pillars of Liberty: Political Rights and Freedoms in the UK (1996) and European Human Rights Law (1999). He is an Arsenal season ticket holder and is married with two children.