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Why Keir Starmer has an advantage over Boris Johnson

The new era is not for charmers but grown-ups

By Jonathan Lis  

Starmer at a rally in London in February. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

In the end it wasn’t even close. Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership election with 56.2 per cent of the vote in the first round. His closest rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, secured less than half as many votes, and Lisa Nandy came third with just over 16 per cent. This was not a wafer-thin victory over his Corbynite opponent. It was a resounding mandate to lead.

The numbers really do matter. Starmer was only a few percentage…

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