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Who is Sir Keir Starmer’s wife and do they have children?

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June 11, 2024

As Leader of the Labour Party since 2020, Sir Keir Starmer is about to face his first-ever General Election in charge of the UK’s opposition. Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015, Sir Keir is from London and is 61 years old.

Election preparations have begun in earnest, with a series of TV debates between Sir Keir and his Conservative Party counterpart, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, kicking off tonight (Tuesday) on ITV. Set to clash on vote-winners such as immigration, the NHS and education, Sir Keir spent five years as one of the most senior public prosecutors in the country, so his public speaking skills are well honed.

But when these high-powered people go home, who is waiting for them? And do they have any offspring who may vote for them – or even against them?

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Read on to find out about Sir Keir’s family.

Where is Sir Keir from?

Keir Rodney Starmer is originally from London, where he lives and serves as an MP today. Born in Southwark, his parents were Labour Party supporters, and may have named him after the party’s first parliamentary leader, Keir Hardie.

Where did Sir Keir go to school?

Sir Keir went from Reigate Grammar School to study law at the University of Leeds. He worked as a barrister from 1987, acting as a legal officer for the campaign group Liberty until 1990.

He became a QC (Queen’s Counsel) in 2002, and in 2008, he was named the head of the Crown Prosecution Service with the title Director of Public Prosecutions.

He was given a knighthood in 2014 for “services to law and criminal justice”.

Is Sir Keir married?

Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria take a walk by the River Mersey

Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria take a walk by the River Mersey -Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Sir Keir married Victoria Alexander in 2007. Previously a solicitor, the 61-year-old Cardiff and Cambridge University graduate now works in NHS occupational health.

Her dad is of Polish-Jewish descent, originally from Poland, and her mum converted when they married. Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle in March 2021, the Labour leader said: “As you probably know my wife’s family is Jewish. On her father’s side, there are bar mitzvahs, synagogues — there’s all the traditions.”

Does Sir Keir have children?

The couple has two children, a 15-year-old son and a daughter. The family lives together in Camden, North London

The couple’s two children are being brought up in the Jewish faith. Sir Keir has reportedly stated he does not believe in God, but does believe in faith and its power to bring people together.

He is a pescatarian and his wife is a vegetarian. They raised their children as vegetarians until they were 10 years old, at which point they were given the option of eating meat.

Sunak v Starmer: The ITV Debate is on tonight at 9pm on ITV1

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