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​Boris Johnson Tells UK That NHS Is ‘Top Priority’ After Victory

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​Boris Johnson Tells UK That NHS Is ‘Top Priority’ After Victory

Following the Conservatives' historic win at the polls, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to make the NHS a 'top priority'.

Delivering his address, Johnson said he felt 'humbled' that people put their trust in him, and was proud to have 'pulled it off'.

He said: "We smashed the roadblock, we ended the gridlock.

"You may only have lent us your vote, you may not be a natural Tory.

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"Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case I'm humbled you have put your trust in me and you have put your trust in us.

"I, and we, will never take your support for granted."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Johnson went on to say the NHS would be his 'top priority', promising to 'massively increase NHS funding'.

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He continued: "Whoever we are, rich, poor, young, old - the NHS is there for us.

"When we are sick and every day that service performs miracles.

"The NHS is this One Nation government's top priority."

Johnson also pledged to 'get Brexit done' by January, adding: "But first my friends let's get breakfast done too."

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With 326 seats required for a majority, Conservatives are currently sitting on 364 compared to Labour's 203 - with one seat yet to be declared in St Ives.

The Tories' win marks their biggest majority at Westminster since Margaret Thatcher's 1987 election victory.

Labour, meanwhile, have suffered their worst defeat since 1935, having lost seats across the North, Midlands and Wales, primarily in places that backed Brexit in 2016.

Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA
Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA
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Jeremy Corbyn has since announced he will not stand as the leader of the party at the next general election following the poor performance.

He made the announcement as he regained his seat as the Member of Parliament for Islington North with a massive 26,000 majority.

Corbyn said he would 'not lead the party in any future general election campaign', but he will lead the party during a period of 'reflection and discussion'.

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During his speech, he thanked his constituents, saying it filled him with 'pride and pleasure' to represent them.

He then brought up the criticism he and others had faced during the campaign, saying that the pressure 'on those surrounding politicians is often very, very high indeed and the media intrusion in people's lives is very high indeed'.

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Topics: uk news, News, NHS, Boris Johnson, politics

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