NewsRishi Sunak resigns as Sir Keir Starmer steps in with his wife

Rishi Sunak resigns as Sir Keir Starmer steps in with his wife

Who is the wife of the new prime minister, Lady Victoria Starmer?
Who is the wife of the new prime minister, Lady Victoria Starmer?
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Aleksandra Lewandowska

5 July 2024 15:06

Rishi Sunak announced his immediate resignation as Prime Minister. His successor will be Sir Keir Starmer, a former lawyer and leader of the Labour Party. Who is the wife of the new Prime Minister, Lady Victoria Starmer? "She is quite blunt because she doesn't care about what he does," said someone close to the couple.

The parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom have generated considerable excitement. According to polls, the Labour Party won, which dethroned the Conservative Party. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, therefore, announced his immediate resignation. The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be Sir Keir Starmer, a former lawyer and leader of the winning party.

Who is the wife of Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, Lady Victoria Starmer?

Sir Keir Starmer will soon move to the famous 10 Downing Street in London with his wife, Lady Victoria Starmer, and their two children - a 13-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. The couple have been very protective of their family's privacy. This has been the case until now, when they could lead a peaceful family life at their home in Camden, north London.

Lady Victoria Starmer was born into a Polish-Jewish-British family. Her father is an economics lecturer and a practicing Jew. His Polish-Jewish ancestors emigrated to the United Kingdom before the Second World War. Her mother, a Briton, died in 2020. She was a community doctor. Lady Starmer is known to have a sister.

The Starmers met in the 1990s. Both are lawyers. Their first meeting took place while Lady Starmer was preparing documents for a case her future husband was working on. This led to a date at a pub. They married in 2007.

According to official information, Lady Starmer works for the NHS (National Health Service - a publicly funded health service). As her husband said, this allows him to be closer to the problems of the staff and the challenges of the NHS.

She doesn't always agree with her husband

"She has successfully remained out of the spotlight," said Nigel Cawthorne, an unofficial biographer of Sir Keir Starmer, about Lady Victoria Starmer.

In an interview with the "Sunday Mirror" Sir Starmer revealed that his wife does not always agree with him - including on political issues. "I talk to her about what I will say and how I will say it. She has her own opinion on the matter. But I think that's normal in a family," he said.

What do those close to her husband and the Labour Party think of Lady Victoria Starmer? One person, whose name was not disclosed, said in an interview with Camilla Tominey of "The Telegraph":

"She is quite blunt because she doesn't care about what he does. If she ever gets to Downing Street, she will lead her own life. She won't be in the spotlight like Cherie Blair. She will be a secondary figure like Sarah Brown."
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