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If May clings on in Downing Street she will have to change course

15 June, 2017

Keir Starmer

• WHAT an extraordinary election night last Thursday was, both here in Holborn and St Pancras and across the country.

Theresa May called the election hoping she would increase her majority and get a mandate to pursue an extreme Brexit and a regressive domestic policy platform. The electorate had other ideas and if the prime minister clings on and stays in Downing Street she must change course.

The Brexit negotiations are now upon us and the prime minister must radically rethink her tone and approach. That means dropping the dangerous idea of driving the British economy off a cliff-edge by leaving without a deal.

It means changing our negotiating priorities so that jobs and the economy come first. And it means putting an end to the scandal of leaving EU nationals uncertain of their rights and legal status.

But if this election showed us anything it is that the British public know that, as important though Brexit is, there are deep domestic problems that need to be attended to just as urgently.

Here in Holborn and St Pancras, the critical issues include improving air quality, dealing with HS2, and the ever present challenge of providing much more genuinely affordable housing.

We also need to confront the continuing security threat, which will require all of our communities to work together. Unity, and not division, must guide us if we are to prevent the kind of appalling acts of terrorism we saw in London and Manchester.

On a personal note it was a huge honour to be returned as the member for Holborn and St Pancras. It was humbling to receive the support of more than 41,000 of my constituents. I thank everyone who supported me and will do everything I can to repay the faith they have invested in me.

But I also make a wider promise, namely to serve all the people of Holborn and St Pancras, to the best of my ability, whether they voted for me or not.

I am determined to continue as an accessible MP, grounded in this great community of ours. Anyone who wishes to contact me can write to me at the House of Commons, email me at or attend one of my regular advice surgeries in the constituency.

I look forward to working with and for all of you.



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