US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The opposition Labor Party of Great Britain elected the new leader Cyrus Starmer, who will replace Jeremy Corbyn, according to the results of the vote.
57-year-old Starmer beat two main candidates Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy, gaining 56.2% in the first round of elections.
During the election campaign, which lasted about three months, Starmer promised to unite the party and put it on the path of power.
In his address, the new head of the Labor Party noted that it was an “honor and privilege” for him to be the elected party leader in such a difficult time.
“I will do my best to lead us through these difficult times,” he said.
Starmer, a lawyer by training, was elected to the Labor Party in 2015. Prior to that, he headed the Royal Attorney’s Office of England and Wales.
Jeremy Corbyn, who has been a Labor leader for five years, has promised to leave his post after the party lost to the Conservatives in the special general elections on December 12.
“This is a very disappointing result for the Labor Party … Obviously, I will not lead the party to the next election,” said 70-year-old Corbin.
Corbin has always been left-handed, initially supported Britain’s exit from the EU.
During the campaign, Starmer promised to maintain a number of provisions of the political program proposed by the previous leader. Among them: raising taxes for the richest citizens, the nationalization of the transport and energy sectors, the abolition of tuition fees at universities and others.
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