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The Human Rights Act is not for politicians or lawyers, it’s for people

Keir Starmer tells John van der Luit-Drummond the ‘devil is in the detail’ of the highly contentious Snooper’s Charter, and that the British people need to reclaim their rights

25 January 2016

‘I was as disappointed as any other Labour supporter,’ admits Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, recalling the moment he saw the BBC’s ?exit poll at 10 o’clock on general election night. ?The result was bittersweet for the Doughty ?Street barrister and former director of public prosecutions (DPP), who was nonetheless ?elected as the Member of Parliament for Holborn and St. Pancras, taking over from Labour veteran Frank Dobson.

‘I was obviously pleased to have nearly doubled Frank Dobson’s majority,’ he adds. ‘But, at a cost ?of the Labour party losing significantly, [it] means the first eight months have not been as good as ?if we’d won.’

As any new MP will attest, there is an inevitable period of adjustment to parliamentary life, partly due, Starmer explains, to the mundane problems any solicitor setting up their own office will be familiar with. ‘How does the IT work? Are there enough computers? Have I enough staff? Then ?there was the additional adjustment of going to ?the front bench. It’s been a period of big change.’

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