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Shadow Secretary of State Sir Keir Starmer to speak at Yorkshire Fastest 50 awards

The Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union will be the guest speaker at the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards 2018.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer, a renowned human rights barrister, Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s event, which is organised by law firm Ward Hadaway and celebrates the achievements of Yorkshire’s fastest-growing companies.

Keir was previously Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He has a notable reputation as a defence lawyer specialising in human rights issues.

Having studied Law at the University of Leeds and graduated with a first class Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1985, Keir is passionate about the region.

As well as speaking at guest lectures on Britain after Brexit at Leeds Beckett University, Keir officially opened the Liberty Building, the home of the School of Law at the University of Leeds. He is currently a member of the Leeds University Law School Advisory Board. He is also a big believer in capturing the ambitions of young people in the region.

Keir will talk about the challenges of Brexit when he meets business leaders and representatives of Yorkshire’s fastest growing companies at the invitation-only Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards 2018 at Aspire in Leeds on Friday, 16th March.

The awards highlight and celebrate the privately-owned, profit-making businesses in Yorkshire which have grown their turnover by the largest amounts in recent years.

Speaking about his forthcoming appearance, Keir said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to give the keynote speech at the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards for 2018, which celebrate the success of businesses across the region.

“Leeds is a place that is close to my heart and I’m proud to say that I attended university in this vibrant city.

“I travel across Yorkshire regularly and I am well aware of the pressures facing the region. However its businesses have seen some considerable achievements over the years to help Yorkshire become even stronger as a place to live and work.

“The Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 is an excellent way to highlight and celebrate the businesses which are flying the flag for Yorkshire by creating jobs, boosting prosperity and attracting investment into the region.

“I am really looking forward to attending the awards and finding out which companies are leading lights when it comes to their expansion plans.”

Jamie Martin, Managing Partner of Ward Hadaway, said: “We are thrilled that Keir has accepted our invitation to be a guest speaker at the Ward Hadaway Yorkshire Fastest 50 Awards for 2018.

“Few people in the country can have such a clear perspective of the opaque Brexit process, so our awards celebrations will offer business owners a unique opportunity to hear from a politician at the very heart of the conversation.”

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