The Labor leader beat his rivals in the first round
The – year -old won the leadership in the first round, amassing more than 96 per cent of the vote.
Now in his victory speech Mr Starmer paid tribute to his ousted predecessor , but also made clear who was to blame for the party’s handling of anti-semitism.
He said: “Antisemitism has been a stain on our party. I have seen the grief that it’s brought to so many Jewish communities.
“On behalf of the Labor Party, I am sorry.
“And I will tear out this poison by its roots and judge success by the return of Jewish members and those who felt that they could no longer support us.”
He raked in , votes, amassing more than Mr Corbyn did when he was first elected as leader.
Mr Starmer also got a higher percentage than Tony Blair, Labor’s most successful ever leader who won three elections in a row.
In an announcement video, he said: “It is the honor and the privilege of my life to be elected as leader of the Labor Party.
“Be in no doubt I understand the scale of the task, the gravity of the position that we’re in.
“But we will climb it, and I will do my utmost to reconnect us across the country, to re-engage with our communities and voters, to establish a coalition across our towns and our cities and our regions with all creeds and communities to speak for the whole of the country.
“I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and with hope.
“So that when the time comes, we can serve our country again in Government.”
He was congratulated this afternoon by the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson tweeted: I have just spoken to @Keir_Starmer & congratulated him on becoming Labor leader.
“We agreed on the importance of all party leaders continuing to work constructively together through this national emergency.”
Members rejected a continuation of his Marxist policies by candidate Rebecca Long Bailey, who on , got even less than flop Owen Smith.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy also fell short. She is set to be handed a job in the Shadow Cabinet.
Congratulating Sir Keir, she tweeted: “We have been competitors in this contest but never opponents and he will have my full support in the challenges that lie ahead.
“A united and strong Labor party could not be more important than at this moment.”
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