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What kind of prime minister will Keir Starmer be?

By Jamie Maxwell

29 Jul 2023 · 8 min read

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  1. The Conservative Party's rule in Britain is faltering, with the Euroskeptic coalition that has kept the Tories in power since 2016 beginning to crumble. This is due to Brexit dropping down the list of British voters' priorities.

In Britain, Conservative Party rule is unraveling, following the turbulent reign of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the failed fiscal experiments of his short-lived successor, Liz Truss, last year. Truss’s replacement, Rishi Sunak, hasn’t fared much better. The Euroskeptic coalition that has kept the Tories in office since 2016 is beginning to crumble as the Brexit crisis, now nearly a decade old, drops down the list of British voters’ priorities.

With a general election likely to take place before the end of 2024, Labour leader Keir Starmer could be the next British prime minister. His party currently has a 20-point advantage over the Conservative Party in the polls. Yet it’s not clear what type of prime minister Starmer would be, even three years into his tenure as party leader. He is an ambiguous figure: a onetime human rights lawyer who took a soft line on police brutality when he served as Britain’s top prosecutor and a former advocate of integration with Europe who now insists that Brexit was necessary.

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