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Prime Minister: Former Oxted Resident and Reigate Grammar Pupil

Photo credit:  Labour Party.  Photo shows Sir Keir Starmer outside his childhood home in Oxted.

Former Oxted resident, Sir Keir Starmer, has been elected Prime Minister following Labour’s victory in yesterday’s General Election. 

Sir Keir grew up in Oxted.  After passing the 11 plus exam, he got a place at Reigate Grammar School which became a private school two years later for new pupils.  In 2008 he became Director of Public Prosecutions receiving a knighthood in 2014 for his services to criminal justice. 

Sir Keir Starmer was first elected to Parliament in 2015 at the age of 52 and serves as the member for Holborn and St Pancras.  He has served as the Shadow Immigration Minister and the Shadow Brexit Secretary.  Sir Keir was elected Leader of the Labour Party in 2020.

General Election 2024: Voters go to the polls

Voters will be heading to the polls today to decide on who will represent their constituency and ultimately who will become the Prime minister.

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm. Polling cards will tell you which polling station to go to.

Voters must remember to bring valid ID.

Results will come in during the night and tomorrow morning.

General Election polling centre moved after migrants refuse to leave

A group of migrants have refused to leave a temporary rest centre, resulting in a general election polling centre in Crawley being moved.

The council opened a rest centre for the group from the Chagos Islands , first at K2 Leisure Centre and then at Northgate Community Centre – although they were meant to have left by now.

As a result residents will now vote in today’s general election at St Elizabeth’s Church.


Plan of action for a safer Redhill

Residents of Redhill have welcomed action to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Surry Police have launched a pilot scheme, Safer Redhill, to deal with the community’s concerns and slash the number of cases of shoplifting.

It comes after Surrey Police reported they had arrested 56 people over the previous two months for offences including drugs, assault and shoplifting.

Safer Redhill is funded through the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, including £265k of Safer Streets funding and £58k from the Community Safety Fund, police reported.