Keir Starmer

Review of 2016

There can be no doubt that 2016 will go down as one of the truly defining years of the 21st century. It has been an incredibly busy year nationally with the victory of Sadiq Khan in London and the EU referendum, but also internationally with events such as the refugee crisis and the election of Donald Trump. Throughout 2016 I have been busy doing the usual work of an MP in my weekly surgeries, which have given me the chance to meet with so many residents of Holborn & St Pancras. Furthermore I have been working closely with the HS2 campaign groups to fight for the best possible scheme for everyone in our constituency. I am now the Shadow Secretary of State for exiting the European Union. The government’s decision not to undertake any preparations whatsoever for a vote to leave has left the country without a plan and the government without a direction. The role of the opposition is crucial and I am pleased to say that I have a wonderful team and we have much to do in 2017.       In a final look back over 2016, I have pulled together some of the most interesting images of the year, ranging from the Calais migrant camp to some of the campaigning drives we have all worked so hard on. All the best for the festive season and good wishes for the year ahead! Keir    -- Continue reading

Update, 14th December 2016

This has been a very busy week for us all. We had an Opposition Day debate last Wednesday that called for the Government to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked. It was a real win for us as MPs voted by a large majority for the Labour motion and finally forced the Prime Minister to change her mind. Continue reading

Update 18th November 2016

Apologies to one and all for the delay getting weekly updates out: having missed a few weeks, calling it a weekly update seems a little bit far-fetched. My only mitigation is that I have been extremely busy. Continue reading

Weekly update 17th October 2016

Taiwan death penalty, Brexit, Mo Haque, Parliament Hill School, Air Pollution, & Cable Street 80.  Apologies for the delayed weekly update: things have been a little busy! Continue reading

weekly update October 3rd 2016

Keir weekly diary October 3rd 2016 Labour Party Conference; combating sexual violence; human rights in Scotland. Continue reading

Weekly Update 25th September

Leadership election outcome; Camden Mind surgery; policing in Northern Ireland; Birmingham Labour Lawyers; and Labour Party Conference. Continue reading

Weekly update 19th September 2016

Busy week of parliamentary and constituency matters: HS2, Boundary review, domestic abuse and local small businesses. Continue reading

Weekly update 9th September 2016

Busy week…  Parliament is back in session, HS2 is being considered in the House of Lords, we have had a well-informed public meeting on the terrible problem of air pollution and – on a more cheerful note, Gospel Oak held a very pleasant fund-raising evening in at Ravel's Bistro, a local restaurant! More on all these subjects below.   Continue reading

Weekly update 2nd September 2016

This week has felt very much like the ‘back to school on Monday’ week. I have been in Parliament working on constituency matters and issues for the end of recess next week, including Home Office Questions and an important private Members Bill on protecting workplace rights in light of the EU Referendum.  Last week, Vic and I and our children visited Brendan Cox (Jo’s husband) and their children and spent the day with them canoeing and swimming in the Wye River. We were down in the Forest of Dean, which was calm and peaceful.  The next few weeks, by contrast, will be very busy!    Continue reading

Weekly update 18th August 2016

The sun is up, the sky is blue and summer is really here! I hope you have been able to take a break, as I managed to do with my own family. But politics has certainly not come to a halt. There are worrying developments in the NHS, with warning signs of the stress the system is under. And the first indications of the impact of the European Union referendum suggest that the concerns about the implications of Brexit were far from exaggerated. Continue reading