Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer is emphatic winner of Labour selection contest in Holborn and St Pancras

Sir Keir Starmer is celebrating tonight (Saturday) after being declared the emphatic winner in Labour's parliamentary selection contest in Holborn and St Pancras.

Sir Keir Starmer with his wife Victoria this evening

Published: 13 December, 2014

The former director of public prosecutions was chosen to follow in the footsteps of Frank Dobson after just one round of voting. It is thought he won around 365 votes, ahead of second place Raj Chada, the human rights lawyer, who polled around 130.

Council leader Sarah Hayward came third with a tally understood to be 108 votes. Official figures have not been released. Dr Patrick French and West Hampstead councillor Angela Pober were also on the final shortlist for today's final hustings and ballot.

The long-drawn out selection process followed Mr Dobson's summer announcement that he plans to retire at next May's general election, a decision which triggered the first selection contest in the constituency for 35 years. It has traditionally been a solid Labour seat and Sir Keir is the odds on favourite to retain it.

Hundreds of members had queued to hear the final hustings in St Pancras Church close to Euston Station. The turnout of more than 400 meant the event started half an hour late. More than 200 voted by post too.

Sir Keir, who lives in Kentish Town, said after he was announced the winner by Mr Dobson: "I will take the baton from Frank Dobson, and you can assure I will be like him going forward. I will not let you down." He paid tribute to his opponents who he said had all been good candidates. "It's over now, there should be no discussion over who voted for who. We need to come together and win this election," he added.


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