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Labour Party’s Historic Landslide Victory: Keir Starmer Poised to Become Prime Minister as Rishi Sunak Concedes Defeat in UK Election

London, 05-07-2024 : In a historic UK election, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conceded defeat on Friday, as his Conservative Party faced one of its worst electoral setbacks, while the Keir Starmer-led Labour Party surged towards a landslide victory. Official results indicated that the Labour Party secured enough seats to claim a majority in the UK Parliament and form the next government, with an estimated majority of around 160 seats in the House of Commons.

By 5 am Friday, Labour had won 326 of the 650 seats as counting continued. Although Sunak, the country’s first British Indian-origin prime minister, comfortably retained his Richmond and Northallerton seat in northern England with 23,059 votes, he could not reverse his party’s fortunes on a national scale after 14 years in power.

A somber Sunak, accompanied by his wife Akshata Murty, addressed his future as a member of Parliament and acknowledged his party’s defeat in his acceptance speech. “The Labour Party has won this general election and I have called Sir Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory,” Sunak stated, recognizing the “sobering verdict” delivered to his party. He emphasized the importance of a peaceful transfer of power, reflecting on the country’s stability and future, and took responsibility for the loss by expressing his apologies to the voters.

The Conservative Party faced significant losses, with prominent ministers and MPs such as Grant Shapps and Penny Mordaunt losing their seats, leading to the results being labeled a “bloodbath.” In contrast, Labour’s Keir Starmer, having comfortably won his own seat of Holborn and St. Pancras in London, is set to become Britain’s new Prime Minister. In his acceptance speech, Starmer highlighted the significance of the moment, stating, “The change begins right here. Because this is your democracy, your community, and your future. You have voted. It is now time for us to deliver.”

While an election night exit poll initially forecasted 410 seats for Labour, the actual trends suggested around 405 seats, with the Conservatives down to 154. The Liberal Democrats also emerged as significant winners, expected to secure about 56 seats in Parliament. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party (SNP), which campaigned on a platform of Scottish independence, saw a reduction in seats in favor of Labour.

Another notable trend was Nigel Farage’s success in finally being elected as an MP on his eighth attempt, leading his anti-immigration Reform UK party to win three seats in the Commons.

This election marks a significant shift in the UK’s political landscape, with the Labour Party poised to lead the country under Keir Starmer’s leadership. The comprehensive defeat of the Conservative Party, after a prolonged period in power, sets the stage for a new direction in British politics and governance.