Sir Keir Starmer's first speech as Prime Minister in full (2024)

The new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer promised to rebuild trust in politics and restore hope to the nation after a landslide Labour victory in the General Election.

In his first speech in Downing Street, Sir Keir said the British people had voted 'decisively for change'. He added that the country could 'move forward together' as Labour took office following 14 years of Conservative rule.

After 648 of the 650 Commons seats had been declared, Labour had a majority of 176. Labour had 412 seats and the Tories 121, the worst result in the party's history.

Here is Sir Keir's speech in full:

'Good afternoon. I have just returned from Buckingham Palace where I accepted an invitation from His Majesty The King to form the next government of this great nation.

'I want to thank the outgoing prime minister, Rishi Sunak. His achievement as the first British Asian prime minister of our country. The extra effort that that will have required should not be underestimated by anyone, and we pay tribute to that today. And we also recognise the dedication and hard work he brought to his leadership.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer speaks outside 10 Downing Street for the first time today

Labour leader and incoming Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer speaks to the media at No.10 today

Prime Minister Keir Starmer speaks at No. 10 Downing Street today after the General Election

'But now our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal and a return of politics to public service. When the gap between the sacrifices made between people and the service they receive from politicians grows this big, it leads to a weariness in the heart of a nation.

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'A draining away of the hope, the spirit, the belief in a better future. That we need to move forward together. Now, this wound, this lack of trust, can only be healed by actions, not words. I know that, but we can make a start today with the simple acknowledgement that public service is a privilege, and that your government should treat every single person in this country with respect.

'If you voted Labour yesterday, we will carry the responsibility of your trust as we rebuild our country. But whether you voted Labour or not, in fact, especially if you did not, I say to you directly – my government will serve you. Politics can be a force for good. We will show that. We have changed the Labour party, returned it to service, and that is how we will govern. County first, party second.

'Yet if I'm honest, service is merely a pre-condition of hope. And it is surely clear to everyone that our country needs a bigger reset. A rediscovery of who we are. Because no matter how fierce the storms of history, one of the great strengths of this nation has always been our ability to navigate away to calmer waters.

Sir Keir Starmer speaks to the nation as he enters Downing Street following Labour's win today

Newly elected Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmerand his wife Victoria on the steps of No.10 today

Photographers take pictures as Sir Keir Starmer stands outside No.10 with wife Victoria today

And yet this depends on politics - particularly those who stand for stability and moderation, as I do. Recognising when we must change course. For too long now, we've turned a blind eye as millions slid into greater insecurity. Nurses, builders, drivers, carers - people doing the right thing, working harder every day.

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'Recognised at moments like this before, yet as soon as the cameras stop rolling, their lives are ignored. I want to say very clearly to those people – not this time.

'Changing a country's not like flicking a switch – the world is now a more volatile place. This will take a while. But have no doubt that the work of change begins immediately.

'Have no doubt that we will rebuild Britain, with wealth created in every community. The NHS back on its feet facing the future, secure borders, safer streets, everyone treated with dignity and respect at work.

'The opportunity of clean British power, cutting your energy bills for good. And brick by brick, we will rebuild the infrastructure of opportunity.

'The world-class schools and colleges, the affordable homes that I know are the ingredients of hope for working people. The security that working-class families like mine can build their lives around.

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'Because if I asked you now whether you believe that Britain will be better for your children, I know too many of you would say 'no'. And so my government will fight every day until you believe again.

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'From now on, you have a government unburdened by doctrine, guided only by the determination to serve your interest. To defy, quietly, those who have written our country off.

'You have given us a clear mandate. And we will use it to deliver change, to restore service and respect to politics, end the era of noisy performance, tread more lightly on your lives and unite our country.

'Four nations standing together again, facing down – as we have so often in our past – the challenges of an insecure world, committed to a calm and patient rebuilding.

'So, with respect and humility, I invite you all to join this government of service in the mission of national renewal. Our work is urgent, and we begin it today. Thank you very much.'

Sir Keir Starmer's first speech as Prime Minister in full (2024)
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