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What does Keir Starmer believe?

He wants to be the man who unites the Labour party. But to understand Starmer, we should look not to his political career—but to his legal one

By Martin Kettle   April 2020

Just who is Keir Starmer? Photo: Tim McDonagh

On a winter’s evening in 1986-7, a 24-year-old law graduate called Keir Starmer was shown into a book-lined Dickensian office in the heart of London’s ancient legal quarter in the Inner Temple. He was there for an interview, hoping to take the first step up the professional ladder by becoming a pupil barrister.

“He was obviously brilliant,” recalls Gavin Millar, now a QC at Matrix Chambers, who interviewed the young Starmer that evening along with Stephen Irwin, now an appeal court…

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