Britain’s Labour Party has named Keir Starmer as the new leader as he won the leadership by beating rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy after the first round of voting.

Iran Press/Europe: Starmer won 275,780 votes out of 490,731 returned votes - equivalent to 56.2%.

Long-Bailey won more than 27% votes, while Nandy who came third secured just over 16% of the ballots. 

In 2015, Jeremy Corbyn took almost 60% of the vote.

Although the result marks a significant change of direction for the party, with a move away from the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, Starmer paid tribute to outgoing leader and said he would work to stamp out anti-Semitism in the party.

He said: "I want to pay tribute to Jeremy Corbyn, who led our party through some really difficult times, who energized our movement and who's a friend as well as a colleague.”

Corbyn had said after the defeat in the 2019 election that he was ready to step down as party leader.

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