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Regional reaction to election of Sir Keir Starmer as new Labour leader

MPs from across the political divide have given their reaction to Sir Keir Starmer's election as Labour leader.

Sir Keir Starmer won the leadership election to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party.

His deputy is to be Angela Rayner, who won the contest to succeed Tom Watson.

Sir Keir and Ms Rayner won with 56.2% and 52.6% of the vote respectively.

In his victory speech, which all hopefuls had to pre-record after a special conference to announce the result was cancelled due to coronavirus, he said he it was an "honour and the privilege" of his life.

He thanked his opponents for putting up a good fight but said now was the time to bring the party together.

“I want to thank Rebecca and Lisa for running such passionate and powerful campaigns and for their friendship and support along the way," he said.

Bedford's Labour MP Mohammad Yasin was among the first to congratulate the party's new leader.

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Former Conservative MP Alistair Burt, who also held a Bedfordshire seat, described Sir Keir was an honest opponent and wished him good luck.

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Daniel Zeichner: Sir Keir 'a genuine alternative'

In a statement Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner said:

"I am thrilled that Keir has been elected, this is great for Labour and really important for the country too. The leadership contest was long but I think the constructive and positive tone was a credit to Labour. We emerge united and at this time of national crisis ready to hold the government to account and offer a genuine alternative."

– Daniel Zeichner MP

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Congratulations also came in from the House of Lords. Angela Smith, Baroness Smith of Basildon tweeted:

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Harlow's Conservative MP Rob Halfon was impressed with Sir Keir's speech on becoming leader.

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Norfolk MP George Freeman described Sir Keir's victory as "A huge responsibility at this time of National Emergency when we all need to be pulling together."

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Former Minister, Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom said she was surprised the opposition hadn't voted for a woman to be leader.

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Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries also had some strong views to the news that Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey had been defeated, describing the party as 'a backward looking socialist party of yesterday'

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Braintree MP James Cleverly was a little more tongue-in-cheek with his message.

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