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Labour Party Secures Historic Landslide Victory in U.K. Election

The U.K. Labour Party is set to return to power after a historic landslide election victory over the ruling Conservatives.

Labour Party Secures Historic Landslide Victory in U.K. Election

In the early hours of Friday morning, Tory Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conceded that his party had lost the snap election he called six weeks ago, and announced that Labour would form the next government.


The magnitude of the result is extraordinary, with Labour poised to secure a 170-seat majority in the House of Commons — the largest since Tony Blair’s renowned win in 1997.


This triumph means Britain’s new Prime Minister will be 61-year-old human rights lawyer Keir Starmer, who has revitalized his party's fortunes after 14 years out of power. Starmer is expected to be appointed prime minister by King Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday.


“We did it!” a jubilant Starmer declared at a lively victory rally in London in the early hours of the morning.


“Across the country people will be waking up to the news relieved that a burden has been lifted, a weight lifted from the shoulders of this great nation. The sunshine of hope is returning to our great country.”


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For the Conservatives, the result — although widely anticipated — is devastating, marking a disastrous conclusion to PM Rishi Sunak’s bold snap election maneuver.


Projections based on the official exit poll and early results suggest that the Tories will fall to their lowest total in the party’s storied history.


Outgoing PM Sunak called Starmer in the early hours of the morning to concede defeat.


“The Labour Party has won this election,” Sunak stated. “The British people have delivered a sobering verdict and I take responsibility for the loss.”


A Labour victory in the U.K. defies the trend of center-left decline in many affluent Western economies, where increasing numbers of voters in countries including France, Italy, and Germany have turned to the far-right in recent elections.


In France, Marine Le Pen’s party is on the verge of taking power in parliamentary elections for the first time in the republic’s modern history, with a vote scheduled for this Sunday.


This trend was also evident in the U.K., although not to the same extent as elsewhere. Right-wing populist Nigel Farage won a seat in the House of Commons on his eighth attempt, with his emerging Reform party projected to win millions of votes.


Former Prime Minister Liz Truss faced a humiliating defeat, losing her seat along with a substantial 26,195 vote majority to Labour. The Conservatives also lost seats previously held by three successive former prime ministers: Boris Johnson, Theresa May, and David Cameron.

By fLEXI tEAM

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