United Kingdom: Keir Starmer is already in the kitchen

United Kingdom: Keir Starmer is already in the kitchen
United Kingdom: Keir Starmer is already in the kitchen

A former human rights lawyer, Keir Starmer was officially appointed Prime Minister by King Charles III on Friday. A cabinet meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning and the new head of government will hold a press conference immediately afterwards. On Thursday, voters ousted the conservatives who had ruled the country for 14 years.

Labour won 412 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, a score close to Tony Blair’s historic 1997 victory. It now has a very large majority to govern and “restore” and “unite” the United Kingdom. During the campaign, Starmer a promis the return of “stability” and “seriousness”, with rigorous management of public spending. And displayed its priorities: relaunching growth, repairing public services, reducing immigration and bringing the United Kingdom closer to the European Union – without going back on Brexit.

The work to be done is “urgent”, assured Keir Starmer, suggesting rapid announcements of first measures, particularly in terms of housing. On Friday, the 61-year-old began naming the members of his government in the image of the change he has hammered home for his country, insisting on the return of a sense of “service” after the scandals that have marred the last Conservative governments. He chose Angela Rayner as Deputy Prime Minister for Housing, an atypical personality.

For the first time a woman holds the highly prestigious post of finance minister, former Bank of England economist Rachel Reeves, highly regarded in business circles. David Lammy, from an immigrant family from Guyana, becomes the head of British diplomacy. This weekend, Keir Starmer must still finish forming his government, traditionally made up of a plethora of secretaries of state.

But Labour’s triumph has not been without its rough edges. Its supermajority was won with fewer votes than it did in its 2019 defeat, and in a split election, only one in three voters chose it. Parliament appears completely reshuffled. Severely beaten, the Conservatives lost 251 seats, keeping only 121 MPs, and a new delicate phase begins for them.

Now ex-Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that he will soon resign as leader of the Conservative Party, while the succession process is organised. The Liberal Democrats (centrists) become the third force again, with 71 seats, a record, and the Scottish independentists of the SNP go from 48 to nine MPs.

A real political shock was the rise of the anti-immigration and anti-system Reform UK party, led by hard-right figure Nigel Farage. Although it only entered Parliament with five MPs, this party won over more than 14% of voters.

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