Largely concealed by the coronavirus crisis, the Labour leadership contest came to an end last weekend.

The much expected victor was Sir Kier Starmer, the first knighted leader of a political party since Sir Anthony Eden.

Leadership competitions are odd. MPs, when the vacancy arises, put their names forward and a select group of party members decide who will be the next possible prime minister.

Of course, it has been made more democratic over the last few years as parties decided that MPs alone should not be decision makers.

The experience of Labour over the last few years shows why that may have been a mistake.

With hardly any support at all from Labour MPs, Jeremy Corbyn was always going to struggle as leader.

As Prime Minister, he could not assume the support of the House of Commons as his own MPs were likely to vote against him.

People were rightly annoyed that the Conservative Party decided who is to be the Prime Minister, although on both recent occasions our decision was put to the country with, under the last election, very convincing results.

But Sir Kier Starmer has already come out with an incredibly important position on the coronavirus issue: what is the Government’s exit strategy?

This question has two parts to it. The first is the medical and scientific part.

How, and when, do we start to end social isolating? I’m no scientist, but I can’t see how taking our foot off the brakes before we have achieved herd immunisation will do anything other than increase the burden on the NHS.

Immunisation can be achieved either through people catching coronavirus, or through vaccination (still to be invented).

We either allow a little bit of social interaction, allowing a few people at a time to get infected, or we keep isolating until a vaccine is invented.

As I say, I’m not a scientist so my views are that of a layman.

However, the economy is as big an issue. Restarting an economy after a period of hibernation, saddled with colossal amounts of debt, is no mean feat.

This will be tough for many and we need to work hard to make sure things work.

The good news is that there is a lot of work going on thinking about all this – not just in the UK, but across the globe. Whilst it will be tricky, the best brains on the planet are trying to work it out.