LONDON — While the American Steve Kerr made headlines coaching the Golden State Warriors to another NBA title this summer, the Scottish Stephen Kerr made news vigorously backing troubled British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May became vulnerable when her decision to call a snap election cost her Conservative Party the majority in the UK Parliament. But while Conservatives lost a net total of 13 seats overall, they added a dozen in Scotland.
One went to Kerr, on his third try, by 148 votes out of 47,000. Two years ago, he lost by more than 10,000 votes. This time, an instant recount was not complete until 4 a.m.
"It was an extraordinary night I'll never forget," Kerr said.
He first ran in 2005, after he had served as the president of the Edinburgh Scotland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1994-2003. He ran again in 2015, after he completed his service as an Area Authority Seventy of the church from 2006-13.
Kerr, who at the time of his election was director of sales operations for Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, spoke with the Deseret News about May, Brexit, terrorism, Scottish independence and more.