Keir Starmer reveals he speaks with former US president Barack Obama ‘frequently’

The Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has stated he speaks to former US president Barack Obama “often” as he continues his diplomatic blitz. 

Forward of his assembly with French president Emmanuel Macron, anticipated to happen on Tuesday, Starmer met with centre-left world leaders for a convention in Montreal, Canada, over the weekend. It was hosted by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, who Starmer engaged with in a one-on-one chat. 

Different delegates included the previous prime ministers Jacinda Ardern, of New Zealand, and Sanna Marin, of Finland, a latest recruit for the Tony Blair Institute. 

Tony Blair was additionally in attendance.


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Starmer, who’s but to fulfill US president Joe Biden, advised Politico that he and David Lammy, his shadow international secretary, held two hours of talks with Obama in 2021.

Barack Obama served two phrases as US president from 2008 to 2016. 

On the 2024 election, Sir Keir stated: “It’s clear what my desired consequence could be, however the desired consequence could yield to a unique consequence.”

The Labour chief used his journey to Canada to emphasize the significance of British border safety.

He stated: “In precept it’s incorrect to assume that management of the border isn’t a progressive difficulty.

“As a result of in case you lose management of the border, quite a few issues occur – that’s when in sure locations you get into the enterprise of individuals speaking about partitions and fences since you’ve misplaced management of the border.

“It goes down this slippery slope. And in case you can’t have a wall and a fence, you’ve got a few of the gimmicks that we’re seeing in the UK.”

Joe Biden has confirmed he’ll run for a second time period within the White Home in 2024. His likeliest challenger will probably be Donald Trump who’s the Republican front-runner within the ongoing celebration primaries.

In his wide-ranging interview on his method to world affairs in Politico, Starmer stated one in all his priorities could be “the restoration of the U.Okay. and its status on the world stage.” 

He stated: “I really feel very strongly that since Brexit, there’s been a way that we’ve not simply exited the EU, that we’ve someway turned our again on the world and wherever you go folks really feel nearly the absence of the U.Okay., as soon as a number one voice, now hardly ever consulted.”

The brand new Politico podcast, Energy Play, together with the interview with Keir Starmer will probably be launched on podcast platforms on September 21. is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our day by day e-newsletter right here.

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