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The Conservative Party Wins 2019 General Election With A Majority

The Conservative Party Wins 2019 General Election With A Majority

The Conservative Party has won the 2019 general election after claiming its 326th seat in the House of Commons.

While there is still one constituency (St Ives, Cornwall) yet to declare results, the numbers so far mean Boris Johnson, who regained his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, will now continue as Prime Minister.

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With 649 of 650 seats declared, the results currently stand as:

CON: 364
LAB: 203
SNP: 48
LD: 11
DUP: 8
OTH: 15


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

"Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour next time round," he said, pledging to 'earn your support in the future'.

"We will never take your support for granted."

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

Meanwhile, it has been a terrible night for the Labour Party, with dozens of seats being lost to Tory candidates - though it looks like as if they will do slightly better than the initial exit poll predicted.

Earlier this morning, Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would 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.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

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

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".

Speaking about his party's defeat, former Labour MP John Mann, who stood down ahead of the election, said it is "unambiguous" that Mr Corbyn was the reason for the defeat.

He told the BBC: "They have lent their support to the Conservative Party to get Brexit done.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I have been warning both privately and publicly... you don't know whats going to hit you. Don't underestimate the toxicity of Jeremy Corbyn and the cult around him."

He added: "Labour requires a leader that understands where people are coming from."

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson was narrowly lost her seat in Dunbartonshire East by 149 votes to the SNP candidate Amy Callaghan.

Addressing the crowd following news of her loss, she said "some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism that is sweeping on both sides of the borders" but adds "these results will bring dread and dismay."

Ms Swinson went on: "People are looking for hope. I still believe that we as a country can be warm and generous inclusive and open and that by working together with our nearest neighbours we can achieve so much more."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, Interesting, politics

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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