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Keir Starmer has the ability and the character, but what does he stand for? | Andrew Rawnsley

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His campaign team is ideologically diverse and he’s attracting support from across the party In its entire life, the party of Labour has only produced three majority-winning leaders and not one of that rare trio had hands roughened by physical toil. Two of them (Clement Attlee and Tony Blair) were privately educated barristers. The third (Harold Wilson) was a grammar school lad who became an economics don. All three took their degrees at Oxford. Even so and even now that the party has become very middle class, contenders for the Labour leadership feel compelled to compete to be prolier-than-thou. Sir Keir Starmer, perhaps feeling the burden of the knighthood that he earned for being director of public prosecutions, is keen to stress that his mum was a nurse and his dad a toolmaker and they
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