How Britain’s New Labour Party Leader Could Challenge the Tories After COVID-19

The newly elected Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a speech at Westminster Cathedral Hall, London, Jan. 31, 2020 (PA Wire photo by Stefan Rousseau via AP Images).
The newly elected Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a speech at Westminster Cathedral Hall, London, Jan. 31, 2020 (PA Wire photo by Stefan Rousseau via AP Images).

LONDON—The British Labour Party finally concluded its protracted leadership contest last weekend, four long months after suffering its worst election defeat since before World War II. The result came as no surprise, with the former shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, replacing Jeremy Corbyn as party leader after romping to a first-round victory with 56.2 percent of the vote—more than twice as much as the Corbynite runner-up, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and far ahead of third-place finisher Lisa Nandy. Starmer, who hails from Labour’s social democratic “soft left,” is expected to lead a more moderate party than Corbyn did, but Labour will […]

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