Keir Starmer was elected Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras on May 7th 2015 with 29062 votes, taking 52.9% of the vote.
Prior to becoming a politician, Keir studied to be a barrister, and during his career he focused in particular on figthing the death penalty and torture around the world: in 2005 he persuaded the House of Lords that evidence obtained by torture should be inadmissible in court. Acting in several appeals to the Privy Council for defendants who had been sentenced to death in Caribbean countries, his legal submissions led to the abolition of the mandatory death penalty in those countries; he also worked alongside African lawyers to pursue the same purpose.
Keir was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) from 2008 to 2013, and in 2013 lead an enquiry into changing the law to give further protection to victims in cases of rape and child abuse. On December of the same year he refused to deny the possibility of entering politics, and he was chosen to stood as candidate the following year.
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2 September 1962
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