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UK Elections 2024: Keir Starmer’s Victory and India’s Expectations

Keir Starmer

London, July 5, 2024: Keir Starmer, the leader of the UK’s Labour Party, is poised to replace Rishi Sunak as Britain’s Prime Minister, with early election results indicating a decisive victory for Labour. As Starmer prepares to take office, his foreign policy agenda includes a commitment to strengthen UK-India relations and forge a new strategic partnership with India.

Historical Missteps and New Beginnings:

Acknowledging past missteps, particularly Labour’s stance on issues like Kashmir, Starmer aims to repair strained ties with India. His manifesto emphasizes a “new strategic partnership” with India, focusing on trade agreements and bilateral cooperation in technology, security, education, and climate change. During his campaign, Starmer engaged in domestic outreach efforts, denouncing Hinduphobia and celebrating cultural festivals like Diwali and Holi to foster trust within British-Indian communities.

Challenges Ahead for Keir Starmer:

While Starmer’s ambitions are commendable, challenges remain. Negotiating temporary visas for Indian workers in the UK service industry requires delicate balancing, given bipartisan consensus on immigration reduction. However, Starmer’s commitment to elevating relations with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies remains steadfast.

As the UK awaits its new Prime Minister, all eyes are on Keir Starmer’s progressive realism and his vision for a stronger UK-India partnership. The first month of his premiership promises a whirlwind of international diplomacy, including meetings with US President Joe Biden and European leaders1.

Disclaimer: This article is based on early election results and may be subject to updates as the situation unfolds.

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