Meet Keir Starmer's Cabinet as Labour ushers in a new era of leadership after election landslide

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer are cheered at a watch party for the results of the 2024 General Election in central London
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Keir Starmer has made history by becoming the first Labour leader to assume the role of Prime Minister in 14 years, following a resounding electoral win over the Conservative Party.

In his inaugural address outside Number 10, Mr Starmer pledged to meticulously rebuild the nation "brick by brick" and to restore the electorate's faith after enduring what he described as years of Tory turmoil. He remarked: "When the gap between the sacrifices made by people and the service they receive from politicians grows this big, it leads to a weariness in the heart of a nation, a draining away of the hope, the spirit, the belief in a better future."

"But we need to move forward together. Now this wound, this lack of trust can only be healed by actions not words, I know that. But we can make a start today with the simple acknowledgement that public service is a privilege and that your government should treat every single person in this country with respect."

As he commences the task of reshaping the government after more than a decade of Conservative rule, Mr Starmer is in the process of selecting his principal team members.

Here are the key details about the new leaders at the helm of the UK, reports the Mirror.

Angela Rayner

Marking a significant milestone, Angela Rayner has become Labour's first female Deputy Prime Minister. Her ascent to the pinnacle of government is nothing short of extraordinary, considering her upbringing on a council estate in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and her early experience as a teenage mother at the age of 16.

Angela Rayner during a visit to Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire, pictured in front of the red Labour campaign bus
Angela Rayner during a visit to Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop in Nottinghamshire -Credit:Nottingham Post/Oliver Pridmore

Angela Rayner has recounted how a Labour Government's Sure Start programme profoundly impacted her life, leading her to become a care worker and union representative before her election as the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne in 2015. She played a significant role under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and was chosen by party members as Deputy Leader in 2020.

At 44, Ms Rayner now takes on the role of Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves has made history by becoming Britain's first female Chancellor, positioning herself as one of the most influential figures within the Government. Known for her stringent discipline regarding fiscal matters, she has spent recent years rebuilding trust in Labour's economic policies.

The daughter of two teachers, Ms Reeves was raised in south London alongside her sister, who is also an MP, Ellie Reeves. A former chess enthusiast, she worked as an analyst at the Bank of England prior to her election as MP for Leeds West in 2010.

Opting not to serve under Jeremy Corbyn, she instead led the Commons Business Committee and was appointed Shadow Chancellor in 2021. Ms Reeves has expressed that being the first woman appointed as Chancellor is "a historic responsibility" and aims to send a clear message to girls and young women that "there should be no limits on your ambitions".

David Lammy

David Lammy steps into the role of Britain's top diplomat during a particularly challenging and perilous period. He brings to the position a wealth of experience from his time in Government, having served as a minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Mr Lammy, whose parents emigrated from Guyana to the UK, was raised in Tottenham, north London, and pursued a career as a barrister after studying at Harvard Law School. He formed a friendship with Barack Obama and maintains strong ties with the Democrats in the US.

David Lammy,
David Lammy, -Credit:PA

He first entered Parliament in 2000 through a by-election and served under both Blair and Brown's governments. However, he returned to the backbenches in 2010 until his appointment to the Shadow Cabinet by Mr Starmer in 2020.

Mr Lammy, now 51, was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump during his time as a backbencher but has since been engaging positively with Republicans.

Yvette Cooper

First entering Parliament in Tony Blair's 1997 landslide victory, Yvette Cooper is among the most seasoned members of Mr Starmer's new Cabinet. She held ministerial roles during the New Labour era and in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, before returning to the backbenches during Mr Corbyn's leadership.

Since 2021, she has been serving as the Shadow Home Secretary and is set to take on one of the most challenging roles in Government. She is married to former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls.