Great Britain: Labour Landslide, Starmer to Become New Prime Minister

Sunak admitted defeat, the two leaders will arrive at King Charles' today

Everything went as expected. In the UK, the Labour Party has won a convincing victory in the July 4, 2024 election, and Keir Starmer will be the new Prime Minister.

The majority required 326 seats, the Labor Party got 410, while Sunak’s party was stuck on 119, so the Left essentially doubled the number of elected representatives, while the Conservatives got reduced by two-thirds. They are followed by the Liberal Democrats with 71 seats, while overall Nigel Farage’s Reform UK party (4) performed worse than the “local” parties, the Scottish National Party, Northern Ireland’s Sinn Féin (but the seven elected independent candidates will not enter the London Parliament), and the Democratic Unionist Party. Farage will become an MP for the first time; so far, he has only managed to be elected to the European Parliament. The leader of the Reform UK party won by a large margin in the Clacton-on-Sea constituency taken from the Conservative Party.

“We did it! The change starts now. The Labour Party has changed, it’s ready to serve our country, it’s ready to put Britain back in the service of working people,” Starmer commented, according to the Guardian report. “This mandate comes with a great responsibility: we must put politics back at the service of the public. This is the greatest test of politics in this era: the battle for trust is the battle that defines our era.”

Outgoing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, ending 14 years of Conservative governments, can’t help but admit defeat: “The Labour Party won this general election, and I called Sir Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory,” Sunak explained, according to the Sun. “Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and organized manner, with the goodwill of all. Tonight, the British people have delivered a discouraging verdict: there is much to learn… and I take responsibility for this defeat. To the many good, hard-working Conservative candidates who lost tonight, despite their tireless efforts, local achievements, and commitment to their communities, I want to say, I’m sorry.”

Sunak will now go to Buckingham Palace where he will be received by King Charles, then it will be Starmer’s turn to ask the sovereign for a mandate to form a new United Kingdom government.