The Starmer Project: A Journey to the Right (Paperback)

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The Starmer Project: A Journey to the Right (Paperback)


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Forensic political biography of the Labour Party leader

Hailed as a human-rights champion and political outsider, what sort of politician is Keir Starmer really, and what mark is he making on the new politics of Labour?

In The Starmer Project, Oliver Eagleton provides a careful reading of Starmer’s record at the Crown Prosecution Service and as a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, tracing the political alliances he forged and the roots of his bid for the party leadership.

Starmer originally pledged to revitalise Corbynism with a dose of lawyerly competence. To understand what happened afterwards it is necessary to understand the man himself. So little remains known about Starmer that his actions are usually interpreted as overtures to others. On closer inspection, however, he is anything but an empty political vessel.
Oliver Eagleton is an Assistant Editor at New Left Review and Sidecar. He writes on culture and politics for the Guardian, TLS, Literary Review and Novara.
Product Details ISBN: 9781839764622
ISBN-10: 1839764627
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English
“A beautifully written and balanced study, revealing of the man himself.”
—Simon Jenkins, author of Thatcher and Sons

The Starmer Project is the most original and insightful of the book-length studies of Starmer.”
—Oliver Sparrow, Guardian

“Starmer’s leadership cannot be understood without grasping the Corbyn project that flared to life in 2015, then decomposed and died in 2019. There remains, in most punditry, a lack of curiosity about that experience… Oliver Eagleton’s The Starmer Project, the best account of his leadership so far, sets out to correct this.”
—Richard Seymour, New Statesman

“A cogent left-wing critique.”
—Andrew Grice, Independent

“The meatiest biography of the leader of the opposition to date.”
—Patrick Maguire, Times

“[A] persuasive new biography.”
—Andy Beckett, Guardian

“An enjoyably hostile new biography.”

“Brilliant, deserves to be widely read. It may end up as an obituary for Labour.”
—Donald Sassoon, Political Quarterly