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Inside Keir Starmer’s new Labour Cabinet as PM releases glossy behind-the-scenes clip calling for a ‘bigger reset’

PRIME Minister Sir Keir Starmer has given a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Labour Cabinet in a glossy clip calling for a “bigger reset”.

The left-wing leader, 61, posted the clip to X, formerly Twitter, this morning and it has already been viewed more than 1.2million times.

Sir Keir Starmer is seen charing his first Cabinet meeting[/caption]
The PM says his Government is on a ‘mission of national renewal’[/caption]
Sir Keir and his wife Victoria get a warm welcome at Number 10[/caption]

Posting the 93-second footage to the social media site, he added: “My government will restore politics as a force for good.

“Let’s get started.”

The footage starts with a calendar being changed to July 5 before changing to a view of Sir Keir addressing cheering crowds outside Number 10.

He said: “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.”

Footage then shows Sir Keir appointing his leading Labour figures in his new Cabinet, including Angela Rayner and David Lammy.

Sir Keir said: “Our country needs a bigger reset, 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.”

The PM is then seen taking calls from world leaders such as the Australian leader Anthony Albanese and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, with him telling the latter that Britain’s support of the country would not change under his leadership.

The video then changes to Sir Keir leading his first Cabinet meeting.

He said: “It is absolutely fantastic to welcome you to the Cabinet, our first meeting.

“It was the honour and privilege of my life to be invited by His Majesty the King yesterday to form a government.

“[There is] a huge amount of work to do.”

Rounding off the footage, Sir Keir said: “I want a politics and a country that works for you.”

The video was released after Sir Keir said he was seeking an “immediate reset” of the relationship between the Westminster Government and devolved nations as he embarked on a tour of all four corners of Britain.

Sir Keir insisted “respect” would be the key ingredient in the bond between the new UK administration and its Irish, Scottish and Welsh counterparts.

His first stop is in Edinburgh today, where the PM said he wants to “turn disagreement into co-operation” with the SNP north of the border.

“People across the United Kingdom are bound by shared beliefs. Fundamental values of respect, service and community which define us as a great nation,” Sir Keir said.

“That begins today with an immediate reset of my Government’s approach to working with the First and deputy First Ministers, because meaningful co-operation centred on respect will be key to delivering change across our United Kingdom.

“Together we can begin the work to rebuild our country with a resolute focus on serving working people once again.”

Using his first 24 hours in office to set the tone for his new Government, Sir Keir has promised to turn his back on “tribalism” in politics and usher in an era of “stability” and “moderation”.

Part of that will be an effort to “push power and resource out of Whitehall”, and open his door to those with “skin in the game” who know what is best for their communities, the new Prime Minister has suggested.

Who's who in Starmer's Cabinet

Angela Rayner – Deputy Leader, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Rachel Reeves – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Yvette Cooper – Home Secretary

Wes Streeting – Health Secretary

David Lammy – Foreign Secretary

Bridget Phillipson – Education Secretary

Louise Haigh – Transport Secretary

Lisa Nandy – Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 

Ed Miliband – Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

John Healey – Defence Minister

Pat McFadden – Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Shabana Mahmood – Justice Secretary

Liz Kendall – Works and Pensions Secretary

Jonathan Reynolds – Business and Trade Secretary

Steve Reed – Environment Secretary

Lucy Powell – Leader of the Commons

Sir Keir’s whistlestop tour of the four nations comes ahead of a packed first week in office, with little time to settle in at Number 10 as he prepares to head to the Nato summit in Washington on Tuesday.

Ahead of travelling north of the border, where he is expected to meet First Minister John Swinney for talks, he said: “Our UK Government will place Scotland back at the beating heart of everything we do.

“To the people of Scotland, my message is simple and clear: You are at the heart of how we unleash prosperity across the country.

“We will rebuild a strong Scotland at the forefront of our decade of national renewal.

“My offer to the Scottish Government is the same. We can turn disagreement into co-operation and, through meaningful co-operation and a genuine seat at the table, deliver change for a generation.”

Earlier on Saturday, Sir Keir announced during a Downing Street press conference that he would also squeeze in a meeting with the metro mayors on Tuesday before heading to the US.

Sir Keir is seen talking to world leaders[/caption]
Yvette Cooper has been made Home Secretary in Starmer’s Cabinet[/caption]

He said his “door is open” to regional leaders of all political stripes as he outlined plans to “discuss with them their part in delivering the growth that we need across the United Kingdom”.

Facing his first grilling from the media after becoming PM, Sir Keir also said:

  • When pressed about tax hikes, that he will have to take “tough decisions” and approach challenges with a “raw honesty”.
  • The previous government’s controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda was “dead and buried before it started”.
  • He would chair cross-departmental “mission delivery boards” to “put into action the plans that we have set out in our manifesto”.
  • It was “impossible” to say the Government would stop the early release of prisoners, saying overcrowding was a “monumental failure of the last government” and “we can’t fix it overnight”.
  • The Government has already started to work on fixing the “broken” NHS, and that the effort to get 40,000 extra appointments a week up and running as pledged “starts straight away”.

After sweeping to a historic victory at the polls, Sir Keir said his party had received “a mandate to do politics differently”.

“This will be a politics and a Government that is about delivery, is about service. Self-interest is yesterday’s politics,” he said.

The news conference on Saturday came after he chaired the first meeting of his new Cabinet, which largely mirrors his shadow team before the election.

Other ministerial appointments carried on over the weekend, with former army officer Dan Jarvis made a Home Office minister and Jim McMahon and Matthew Pennycook ministers in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Meanwhile, Ellie Reeves replaced Anneliese Dodds as party chairwoman and New Labour figures were also brought back in to the fold.

Former home secretary Jacqui Smith, who served in Gordon Brown‘s Cabinet, will enter the Lords as an education minister while Sir Tony Blair‘s former health secretary Alan Milburn has been tipped for a role in government helping to drive waiting lists down.

Sir Keir will make his debut on the international stage as Britain’s premier when he flies to Washington for the Nato gathering next week, which is expected to include discussions on support for Ukraine.

The Prime Minister, who continues to receive calls from world leaders, will also host the European Political Community summit in the UK on July 18.

The new PM is now on a whistlestop tour of the home nations[/caption]
The media and supporters greet Sir Keir outside Number 10[/caption]

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