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Rishi Sunak issues apology following General Election defeat

Rishi Sunak issues apology following General Election defeat

Sunak addressed the nation on Friday after the Conservatives suffered a devastating defeat at the general election

Rishi Sunak has addressed the nation outside of Number 10 after a landslide victory for the Labour party.

Sunak stood outside Downing Street on Friday morning (5 July) where he apologised to the public.

Rishi Sunak has addressed the nation (PA)
Rishi Sunak has addressed the nation (PA)

“I will shortly be seeing His Majesty the King to offer my resignation as prime minister," said Sunak.

“To the country, I would like to say first and foremost, I am sorry.

“I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters.

“I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.”

Labour has had a landslide victory, with 412 seats compared to the Conservatives' 121.

Despite this, the general election results will no longer be officially announced today (5 July) due to a last minute issue.

Labour has had a landslide victory (PA)
Labour has had a landslide victory (PA)

Although Labour has had an absolutely mega sweep of the seats across the UK, there won't be a final result this Friday (5 July).

However, whether the final results are in or not, Labour have won the general election with Sir Keir Starmer set to become our new prime minister.

The delay on officially announcing this is all due to a count in the Highlands restarting tomorrow morning.

Speaking after Labour's clear majority of seats, Starmer said 'we did it' and claimed that this morning we would all be waking up to a 'sunlight of hope'.

He said: "You campaigned for it, you fought for it, you voted for it, and now it has arrived: change begins now.

“It feels good, I have to be honest. Four and a half years of work changing the party, this is is what it is for: a changed Labour Party ready to serve our country, ready to restore Britain to the service of working people.

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Topics: News, UK News, Keir Starmer