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In the United Kingdom, Keir Starmer says he is “impatient” to make change happen

Photo: Claudia Greco Associated Press Keir Starmer delivers a speech after his first cabinet meeting as Prime Minister, in London, Saturday July 6.

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Posted at 11:29 a.m.

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New British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said on Saturday he was “eager” to deliver promised change in the United Kingdom, making economic growth his government's “number one mission.”

Without wasting time, for his first full day in power, Labor's Keir Starmer gathered his main ministers on Saturday morning before holding a press conference from 10, Downing Street.

He notably confirmed his intention to abandon the very controversial project of the previous conservative government to expel migrants to Rwanda.

This project “was dead and buried before it even started. It has never been a deterrent […], I am not prepared to continue with gimmicky measures,” declared Keir Starmer.

Friday, this former lawyer of 61, specialized in the defense of human rights, was officially charged by King Charles III with forming a new government, ratifying the political turning point that occurred after voters ousted the conservatives who had remained at the head of the country for 14 years.

“I am eager to implement change and I think, and I hope, that what you have already seen demonstrates that,” he said to journalists during his press conference.

The challenges are numerous, with a struggling economy, public services in great difficulty, and the still significant repercussions of the cost of living crisis.

“We have a lot of work to do, so now let's get to work,” he told his government a little earlier during its first council of ministers.

< p>We must “ensure that growth is everywhere across the country so that people live better everywhere”, he insisted to the press, announcing future “difficult decisions”.

From Sunday, he will travel to Scotland – where Labor took back many seats from the separatists in the election – Wales, and Northern Ireland.

“Politics which is interested in personal interests is the politics of yesterday,” he said, promising a government with a sense of “service for everyone, that he voted for us or not”, after the scandals that punctuated the last conservative governments.

Following Thursday's elections, Labor won a very large majority, with 412 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, a score close to that of Tony Blair in 1997.

During the campaign, the man who entered politics only nine years ago promised the return of “stability” and “seriousness”, with rigorous management of public spending.

Support for NATO and kyiv

On foreign policy, Keir Starmer on Saturday assured the United Kingdom's “unwavering support” for NATO, as well as for Kiev in its war against Russia.

He is heading to the organization's 75th anniversary summit in Washington next week for what will be his first steps on the international stage.< /p>

As of Friday, he has already had telephone conversations with several heads of state and government, including American President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Friday, Keir Starmer had begun to compose his government.

Angela Rayner, representative of the left wing of Labour, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in charge of housing.

For the first time, a woman occupies the very prestigious position of Minister of Finance, the former Bank of England economist Rachel Reeves.

David Lammy, from an immigrant family from Guyana, became head of British diplomacy.

In a more junior position, Keir Starmer appointed Saturday Secretary of State for Science Patrick Vallance, scientific advisor to the government during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Succession

At the end of the legislative elections, Parliament appears completely reshuffled, with the Conservatives retaining only 121 deputies.

Former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will resign from his post as leader of the Tories once the succession process is organized.

The Liberal Democrats (centrists) once again become the third force, with 72 seats, a record. A real political shock, the anti-immigration and anti-system Reform UK party, led by Nigel Farage, entered with five MPs.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116