Sir Keir Starmer is a barrister, a Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Previously he was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He has prosecuted in numerous cases for the CPS during his career while acting principally as a defence lawyer specialising in human rights issues.
He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to law and criminal justice. He was sworn in as a Privy Councillor on 19 July 2017.
Before his professional career began Starmer studied Law at the University of Leeds graduating with first class honours and then graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Civil Law.
Keir Starmer’s job is basically to nitpick the government’s workings as it prepares to exit the EU. It makes Keir equally accountable for the Brexit process as his Conservative counterpart David Davis. He is also strengthening his leadership position in the Labour party and has made a case against a 2nd referendum.