Four decades before becoming Labor leader, he was a talented young musician who played the flute, piano, recorder and violin as a child.
And a newly unearthed photograph of Sir Keir Starmer showing his talent has now been revealed 41 years after shooting, when he was a young scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1980.
Sir Keir can be seen at the age of 18 holding his whistle while dressed in a smart blazer, V-neck sweater and trousers while smiling for the camera alongside four other boys aboard a lorry truck carrying the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award promotes.
The photo appears in the forthcoming book, Keir Starmer – The Unauthorized Biography, due out July 8 by author Nigel Cawthorne, who attended the same high school as Sir Keir a few years before him.
The photo originated in The Sunday Times yesterday, which also revealed he traded football for flute lessons and wore his suit on Saturdays — plastering his room with posters of Blondie singer Debbie Harry.
Sir Keir Starmer is directly below the ‘E’ in ‘Duke’ as a young musician holding his flute in 1980
Sir Keir (right) can be seen holding his flute dressed in a smart blazer, V-neck jumper and trousers while smiling
The Whitehall newspaper’s correspondent Gabriel Pogrund also said of the book: ‘Some say Sir Keir Starmer is a bit dull and a new book does nothing to deter its opponents from that impression.’
Speaking about music for Primrose Hill’s On The Hill magazine in 2015, Sir Keir was asked about his interests outside of work and said: ‘Music, classical music. I was a junior exhibitor at the Guildhall School of Music until age 18.
‘I played flute, piano, recorder and violin. Then at the age of 17-18 I realized that the other people in the Guildhall were extremely talented, while I was just practicing hard.’
He added that his favorite music was “Beethoven Piano Sonatas” before he clarified “actually all things Beethoven,” adding that his favorite musician was Israeli pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim.
Sir Keir Starmer (pictured in Bristol on 27 May) was a talented young musician who played the flute, piano, recorder and violin
Sir Keir (left) was interviewed by Piers Morgan (right) for his series Life Stories which aired on ITV last week
The book comes after Sir Keir was interviewed by Piers Morgan for his Life Stories series last week, in which he said he was “turning the party around” and stopping Labor from looking inward to push through to electoral success.
Keir Starmer Got ORIGINAL ‘Meet Me At McDonald’s’ Hair Cut! Labor leader wears trendy Gen Z mop top as he poses with roommates at Leeds Uni in the 1980s
A photo of Sir Keir Starmer sporting what is now known as a ‘Meet Me At McDonald’s’ haircut was taken with three friends he lived with while studying at Leeds University in the early 1980s was revealed last week. .
Sir Keir Starmer sported what is now known as a ‘Meet Me At McDonald’s’ haircut in a photo taken circa 1982
Details of the never-before-seen photo with Sir Keir emerged after Piers Morgan shared the politician’s photo circa 1982 wearing a New Romantic mop top and eyeliner ahead of his Life Stories interview.
In the throwback photo, the former lawyer seems a world away from the sleek suits and impeccably groomed hair most would associate him with today.
The haircut dubbed the “Meet Me At McDonald’s” grew out of a social media trend from about six years ago that poked fun at the “chavvy” clothing worn by teens meeting up at the fast food giant.
He was presented with the analysis by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said the party needed “total deconstruction and reconstruction.”
And when asked by Mr. Morgan whether that was advice he should heed, Sir Keir replied, ‘Yes. The biggest change we need to make is a Labor party that stops looking at itself and looks to the electorate, to the voters.
“This summer I’m going to talk across the country with people who are no longer voting for Labor and hear what they have to say and show that reconnection.”
Sir Keir said the three things that would describe a Britain under his leadership are ‘proud of our country, dignity… dignity for growing children, dignity at work and change’.
And he said he was proud of his work to remove anti-Semitism from the party.
“We had to make changes, so in terms of anti-Semitism, it was very important to me and to the party, I think, to the country we were dealing with anti-Semitism,” he said.
“That’s what we started with, we’ve taken some really, really important steps. We’re turning the party around.’
In a second clip released prior to the interview, he talked about taking time out from his leadership campaign early last year to support his wife Victoria, suggesting it was an example of how to put his family above politics. suggested.
When asked if he was a romantic, Sir Keir replied, ‘I probably think so.
‘You can buy flowers on someone’s birthday, you can do (that) on the traditional occasions, and so on and so forth. Which is good. That’s fantastic. And you should, and you won’t be forgiven if you don’t.
“What matters is that you are there when that person absolutely needs you? So if Vic needs me, I’ve tried to be there.”
In January 2020, Sir Keir canceled his leadership campaign after his wife’s mother fell down the stairs and subsequently died.
“I made the decision to cancel the leadership campaign and withdrew completely,” he said.
“I had to be there and try to do something I’d never done before, which was comfort someone who was going through grief.
“I had done it, my mother had passed away, I had experienced my version of that grief, but to see your wife go through it is deep.
“That was difficult, important, and to me it meant more than buying flowers on this or that occasion. The decision was clear, I never made another decision. And Vic would do the exact same thing for me.”
Keir Starmer – The Unauthorized Biography by Nigel Cawthorne, can be pre-ordered for £18 by clicking here