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Keir Starmer’s urgent task is to rebuild the party machine—starting at the top

General Secretary Jennie Formby must go

By Peter Kellner  

Labour leadership frontrunner Keir Starmer. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Just as Iain Duncan Smith’s election as Conservative leader in 2001 was overshadowed by 9/11 two days earlier, so the Coronavirus pandemic will overshadow Keir Starmer’s almost certain election on Saturday as Labour’s leader. Yet it will be an important moment for the party and for British politics; how important may depend on what he does in the hours, days at most, following his victory.

If Starmer is in any doubt about this, he should ask Neil Kinnock. Two years…

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