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In 2008 Keir Starmer was made the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Services, making him head of a public body with thousands of employees and responsibility for carrying out prosecutions on behalf of the British people.

During his time in the role, Keir began the prosecution of MPs who cheated on their expenses, he issued new guidelines for prosecuting cases of violence against woman & girls, and brought about the successful prosecution of two of the men who carried out the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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He defended the "McLibel Two" – Helen Steel and David Morris – when they were sued by McDonalds for their environmental activism. McDonalds sued the pair for what they said was libellous claims in a leaflet they handed out on the streets of London. When they were denied legal aid, Keir stepped in to provide pro-bono legal support.

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