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Ex-DPP Starmer to fight Dobson seat

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has been selected to fight a safe Labour seat in next year's general election.

The human rights lawyer saw off four challengers to win the right to contest the Holborn and St Pancras seat being vacated by ex- Cabinet minister Frank Dobson after 34 years.

Earlier this week he received the endorsement of former Labour leader Lord Kinnock who praised his " courage, integrity and principles".

The other candidates in the race to defend Mr Dobson's 9,942 majority in the central London constituency were lawyer Raj Chada, council leader Sarah Hayward, doctor Patrick French and West Hampstead councillor Angela Pobe.

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