Labour Wins UK General Election in Historic Landslide – South Asia Time

Labour Wins UK General Election in Historic Landslide

 July 5, 2024  

London— In a seismic shift in British politics, the Labour Party has secured a decisive victory in the UK general election, ending 14 years of Conservative rule. Keir Starmer is set to become the new Prime Minister after Labour won 410 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons. The Conservative Party, reeling from a catastrophic defeat, managed to secure only 118 seats, marking their worst performance in history.

“Change begins now,” declared Starmer in his victory speech, emphasizing his commitment to addressing the nation’s challenges. Outgoing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged the voters’ “sobering verdict” as he prepared to leave office.

The Liberal Democrats also celebrated significant gains, while the Scottish National Party (SNP) suffered substantial losses, losing dozens of seats. High-profile Conservative figures, including former Prime Minister Liz Truss, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and Penny Mordaunt, were among the casualties of the night.

In a notable development, Reform UK leader Nigel Farage secured a seat in Parliament, with the party winning four seats. The Green Party also matched this number, achieving their best election result to date.

With nearly all results tallied, the Labour victory represents both a remarkable triumph for Starmer and a formidable set of challenges ahead. He inherits a nation grappling with economic difficulties, widespread distrust in institutions, and a fragmented social landscape.

Rishi Sunak is scheduled to depart No. 10 Downing Street for the last time at 10:30 BST, and will formally resign to the King at Buckingham Palace. Keir Starmer is expected to be appointed shortly thereafter and will arrive at No. 10 around 12:20 BST to begin his tenure as Prime Minister.