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New PM Sir Keir Starmer holds first cabinet meeting after landslide victory | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer is chairing his first cabinet meeting following Labour’s landslide win that ended 14 years of Tory rule.

It comes after the new prime minister appointed his top team on Friday afternoon – making few changes to the shadow frontbench line-up that existed before the election.

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Among those attending was Chancellor Rachel Reeves, Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Health Secretary Wes Streeting, Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson, and Foreign Secretary David Lammy.

The one notable exception was Sir Keir picking experienced human rights lawyer Richard Hermer KC for attorney general rather than Emily Thornberry, who held the shadow role prior to the election. He will become a peer to take up the job.

High on the cabinet agenda will likely be the the six first steps set out in the Labour manifesto: delivering economic stability, cutting NHS waiting times, launching a new border security command, creating Great British Energy, cracking down on anti-social behaviour and recruiting 6,500 new teachers.

The one notable exception was Sir Keir picking experienced human rights lawyer Richard Hermer KC for attorney general rather than Emily Thornberry, who held the shadow role prior to the election. He will become a peer to take up the job.

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High on the cabinet agenda will likely be the the six first steps set out in the Labour manifesto: delivering economic stability, cutting NHS waiting times, launching a new border security command, creating Great British Energy, cracking down on anti-social behaviour and recruiting 6,500 new teachers.

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‘My government will serve you’

The new prime minister faces a series of challenges on taking office, including an NHS waiting list of 6.33 million patients, the small boats crisis in the Channel, an overstretched prison system, and sluggish economic growth.

Sir Keir will be on the international stage just days into his appointment, when he will travel to Washington DC for the NATO leaders’ summit. He will also host the European Political Community summit in the UK on 18 July.

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In his first speech as prime minister on the steps of Downing Street, Sir Keir – who said he will not work past 6pm on Fridays to spend time with his family – promised his new government would “serve you” and that “politics can be a force for good”.

“Our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal and a return of politics to public service,” he said.

“Our work is urgent, and we begin it today.”

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