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Keir Starmer has revealed he once lived above a brothel as he appeared on Desert Island Discs – choosing tracks by Stormzy, Beethoven, and football anthem Three Lions.
The Labour leader, 58, gave an insight into his younger days as he become the latest senior politician to brave the Radio 4 show.
He said he had a flat above a massage parlour that ‘kept interesting hours’ when he first moved to London. And he spoke about his difficult childhood, admitting he was not close to his father and the family struggled to cope with his mother’s debilitating illness.
Despite picking a very eclectic range of songs and a football as his luxury item if he was cast away, Sir Keir flatly denied that spin doctors had helped him draw up the list.
‘These are entirely my own choices. If you run into anybody I’ve known for a long time, they will tell you this is the genuine Keir Starmer list,’ he insisted.
Desert Island Discs is known as a tricky balancing act for senior politicians.
Desert Island Discs is known as a difficult balancing act for high-level politicians.
Former Labor leader Ed Miliband was accused of letting spin doctors choose his songs, after opting for the classic road chart.
Sir Keir, who was Director of the Public Prosecution Service before entering politics, chose Dobie Gray on the ground as one of the records he would take with him if he was discarded.
Sir Keir said: ‘I love Northern Soul. This reminds me, when I am on my island, of my, more or less, the first days in London with a group of friends in a very shabby apartment above a sauna and massage room that had interesting hours.
‘It evokes a particular time in my life.’
Deciding on three lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, Sir Keir – an Arsenal fan – raved about his love of soccer.
‘In order to really appreciate the song you had to be at Wembley in the crowd – I was at the top level – of the Euro 96 semi-final when we’re playing Germany and for the whole stadium to be jumping up and down, rocking to this, ‘he said.
Sir Keir said that he would take a soccer ball as his luxury item if stranded on a desert island.
He also picked up a concerned bridge deck over water with dirt artist Stormzy, who was led by a vocal sponsor Jeremy Corbyn.
He said the song was “a reminder of what politics really is.” He adds: ‘I chose Stormzy because my kids love Stormzy and so it will be a memory of my kids.’
Another of Sir Keir’s chosen songs was Jim Reeves’ Welcome To My World, which was his mother’s favorite song.
The Labor leader said his mother Josephine suffered from Still’s disease, a debilitating autoimmune condition that ultimately robbed her of speech and movement.
Sir Keir also picked a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water featuring grime artist Stormzy, who was a vocal backer Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership
He revealed that he regretted not being very close to his father, who emphasized that he was ‘devoted’ to his mother.
Sir Keir said: ‘I don’t talk about my dad often. He was a difficult man, a complicated man. He kept to himself. He didn’t like to socialize very much, so he wouldn’t go out much.
But he was incredibly hard-working. He worked as a toolmaker in a factory all his life.
Furthermore, I had an absolute commitment and devotion to my mother. My mom was very, very sick her entire life and my dad knew exactly the symptoms of everything that could go wrong with my mom.
“ She stopped drinking completely in case I ever had to go to the hospital with her.
‘I wouldn’t say we’re close. I understood who he was and what he was. But we weren’t close. And I’m sorry. ”
Sir Keir added: ‘When we were children, we spent a lot of time in and out of high dependency units with my mother thinking we were going to lose her.
‘I remember one time when I was 13 or 14 years old, my dad called me from the hospital and said,’ I don’t think mom is going to do it, will you tell the others? ‘
And that was tough. That was really tough. So we got over it as a family. ‘