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Sir Keir Starmer is beneath renewed hearth at present after extra lurid particulars about his work as a lawyer emerged.

The Labour chief has been accused of working totally free to defend violent killers dodge the demise penalty.

Sir Keir has typically boasted about his work defending individuals around the globe from the demise penalty, together with as soon as bragging that he obtained his knighthood for a 20-year litigation technique… to do away with the demise penalty.

This morning The Sun revealed that his work, unrelated to his home job, noticed sick criminals obtain decreased sentences and even stroll free from jail.

One particular person defended by the Labour chief was Jamaican Lambert Watson, who murdered his girlfriend and their nine-month-old child by stabbing them within the neck.

Another was Malawian killer Francis Kafantayeni, who tied up and buried alive his two-year-old stepson.

A Ugandan axe killer who killed his girlfriend in entrance of her youngsters was additionally defended by Sir Keir and was spared execution due to a change within the legislation championed by the Labour chief.

His interventions occurred between 2002 and 2014, throughout his time as a lawyer, Director of Public Prosecutions, and his makes an attempt to turn into a Labour candidate.

In 2004 Sir Keir appeared earlier than the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as a part of a authorized bid to abolish the obligatory demise penalty for homicide in Jamaica.

The attraction by Lambert Watson, who killed his nine-month-old child, was upheld by the Council.

Sir Keir’s work in Uganda, the place he met “all the men and women on death row” additionally helped outcome within the nation’s prime court docket scrapping legal guidelines requiring judges handy down the demise penalty to anybody convicted of homicide.

The transfer spared 417 criminals.

A blogpost by Sir Keir for the Death Penalty Project additionally revealed he sat with violent felons on demise row, whereas “they sang, they talked and they laughed”.

Despite arguments from defenders of Sir Keir, some have argued voters have a proper to know the main points of authorized instances boasted about by the Labour chief.

Barrister Steven Barrett stated: “I have, and will, always defended barristers operating under the cab rank rule – or just doing their job. This is neither.

“These are political choices Sir Keir made, as part of a private political campaign

“People have every right to know that and to judge as they choose.”

A Labour spokesman stated: “Given the number of miscarriages of justice there have been, Keir Starmer does not support the death penalty.”