Keir was elected as Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras in May 2015. He has lived in Kentish Town for 20 years, with his wife and his two children, who attend schools in the constituency. He is an Arsenal season ticket holder!
In October 2016, Keir was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, taking up the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU.
Prior to becoming an MP, Keir was a human rights lawyer. He co-founded Doughty Street Chambers in 1990, and conducted cases in a wide range of international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights.
Keir also worked to help eradicate the death penalty in a number of countries (particularly 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 Chair the Advisory Board of LimeCulture, an organisation which supports a professional response to victims of sexual violence, 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).