Sir Keir Starmer: ‘I never wanted to be Prime Minister’

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Sir Keir Starmer has admitted he “never” wanted to be Prime Minister while opening up on his political career.

Speaking with the BBC’s Laura Keunssberg this morning, the Labour leader defended Labour policy while under pressure from the political heavyweight presenter.

He told the ex-political correspondent that, while he believes his party should run the country, he did not enter the Commons aspiring to become the next Prime Minister.

He said: “I’m not doing it for me. When I was a child I didn’t dream of being Prime Minister.

“When I came into Parliament I didn’t dream of being Prime Minister.”

He added to a shocked Ms Kuenssberg that he is serving as Labour leader for “duty” and an “obligation to serve our country and improve lives”.

Sir Keir added that he was tired of serving solely in opposition, complaining that his party is not “changing lives”.

He said: “There’s nothing worse than being in opposition. I’ve been in opposition all the time I’ve been in Parliament.

“That means we vote, we lose, we don’t change lives. We need to be a party capable of going into power. I’ve been utterly focused on that.”

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