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Alumnus Keir Starmer seeks nomination as Labour candidate

4 August 2014 |

Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed his intention to stand as a Labour parliamentary candidate in London.

The former director of public prosecutions (DPP) and human rights barrister will be seeking election in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency, where he has resided for the last 15 years.

Starmer has been widely tipped for the seat since Frank Dobson (who had held the seat since 1979) stepped down last week.

Since standing down as DPP last November he has worked closely with Labour in which he lead its reveiw of the treatment of victims of crime. Last monthe Starmer joined City firm Mishcon de Reya as a part time consultant in its business crime group.

In a recent interview in the Gazette, Starmer (who has been involved with the Labour party since he was 17), says he was "politically restricted as DPP, but has been mulling over the decision to stand for the last seven months."

"He has received strong support for his candidature from many, including the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips, chair of the Kings Cross Mosque Mohammed Gofur, veteran barrister and peer Helena Kennedy QC, broadcaster Joan Bakewell and Tessa Jowell MP, as well as trade union ASLEF."

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