Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner welcomes Sir Keir’s Starmer’s victory in Labour leadership contest
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has welcomed the victory of Sir Keir Starmer in the Labour leadership contest.
Sir Keir beat Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy in a ballot of party members, trade unionists and registered supporters.
He won in the first round of voting by securing 56.2 per cent of the ballots cast.
Cambridge’s Labour MP, who voted for Sir Keir, said: “I am thrilled that Keir has been elected, this is great for Labour and really important for the country too. The leadership contest was long but I think the constructive and positive tone was a credit to Labour. We emerge united and at this time of national crisis ready to hold the government to account and offer a genuine alternative.”
A 57-year-old lawyer, who became an MP in 2015 and represents Holborn and St Pancras in London, Sir Keir succeeds Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the opposition.
Mrs Long-Bailey secured 27.6 per cent of the vote, with Ms Nandy on 16.2 per cent.
Angela Rayner, 40, who has been fulfilling the role of shadow education secretary, won the contest to be deputy leader in a third round of voting, defeating Richard Burgon and Rosena Allin-Khan.
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