Labour wins British election by absolute majority, polls show

Labour wins British election by absolute majority, polls show
Labour wins British election by absolute majority, polls show
British opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer arrive to cast their votes at a polling station in London, yesterday Photo: Taken from the Internet

Europa Press

Madrid

The Labour Party led by Keir Starmer has achieved a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections held yesterday in the United Kingdom, according to exit polls that project that it will obtain 410 seats, although it would not be able to surpass the Labour record of 418 deputies established in 1997 by Tony Blair. And it places Starmer as the virtual British Prime Minister.
The poll – distributed at 10pm by the BBC, ITV and Sky News – confirms the defeat of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party, which had been predicted since the last polls. The Tories would end up with 131 seats, 241 fewer than in the current legislature.
“To everyone who campaigned for Labour in this election, to everyone who voted for us and put their trust in our renewed Labour Party: thank you,” Starmer said on social media.
Starmer has revalidated his seat in the House of Commons for the Hoburn and St Pancras constituency by winning a large majority over his rivals, in the framework of a general election in which his party will win an overwhelming majority and in which it is expected to oust the Conservative Party from power after 14 years in power.
Meanwhile, UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has lost his seat in the Welwyn Hatfield constituency to the Labour Party on a day which, according to the first exit polls, will see him achieve a landslide victory with 410 MPs, close to the Labour record of 418 seats set in 1997 by Tony Blair.
Shapps was defeated by Labour candidate Andrew Lewis by 41 percent to the minister’s 33 percent, according to The Guardian.
Energy Minister Justin Tomlinson has also lost his seat in the House of Commons for Swindon North, which will also go to Labour.
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as MP for the Islington North constituency after standing as an independent in the general election, retaining the seat he held for more than four decades, dating back to 1983.
Meanwhile, the deputy leader of the UK Labour Party, Angela Rayner, has urged caution in statements to the British broadcaster BBC. “The figures are encouraging, but the exit poll is a poll, so we don’t have any results yet,” she added.
If the poll released by Ipsos – carried out in more than 130 polling stations – is correct, the Labour Party would have gained 209 seats compared to the last election, while the Conservatives would have suffered their worst fall in recent times.
The harsh but predictable defeat of the Conservative Party, if confirmed during the night, when the trickle of votes begins to trickle down constituency by constituency, would put an end to 14 years of Conservative governments that have been burdened, among other things, by the collateral effects of Brexit.
House of Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt has lost her seat in the Portsmouth North constituency to the Labour Party, a result that underlines the Conservative Party’s precipitous downfall and is one of the most notable defeats of the night for the ruling party.
The third largest force is the Liberal Democrats, with Ed Davey at the helm, who have won 61 seats, 53 more than in the last election.
In fourth place would be John Swinney’s Scottish National Party (SNP), which would lose 38 seats, remaining with 10 MPs. Finally, the Welsh independence party Plaid Cymru would gain 4, while the Greens would remain with 2.
Davey said on social media that the Liberal Democrats “are on course to achieve the best results in a century.” “I am humbled by the millions of people who backed us to drive the Tories out of power and deliver the change our country needs,” he added.
Former SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that “it has not been a good night” for the political party, led by Swinney.
Nigel Farage’s Reform Party would win 13 seats, achieving representation for the first time. It did not win any seats in the 2019 election, although MP Lee Anderson, a former senior Conservative Party member, announced in March that he was moving to the Brexit Party’s successor.
The poll’s forecast for Reforma is positive, since the last polls before this day of voting in the United Kingdom projected that it would win only 3 seats. “We are enormously grateful for your support,” the populist party said on social media.
Farage, known as one of the main drivers of Brexit, has criticised the establishment while highlighting the good results projected for his party by exit polls, contrary to the predictions made during the election campaign, since, if the projections are confirmed, it would win thirteen seats.
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth countries went to the polls yesterday in an election day that started at 7:00 a.m. to elect 650 deputies divided according to the population of the different territories: 543 in England, 57 in Scotland, 32 in Wales and 18 in Northern Ireland.
The system does not require an absolute majority and does not establish second rounds, which facilitates the useful vote. The data from the latest poll published yesterday by the British company YouGov predicted a historic victory for the Labour Party with 431 seats, 229 more than in the last elections, slightly higher than the data released by Ipsos at the exit polls.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged the victory of the Labour Party in the UK general elections early Friday morning, in which his political party is suffering a setback, and called his rival, Keir Starmer, to congratulate him on his victory.
“The Labour Party has won this general election and I have called Keir Starmer to congratulate him. I congratulate him on his victory. Today power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner, with goodwill on all sides. This is something that should give us all confidence in the stability and future of our country. The British people have delivered a sobering verdict tonight,” he said.
Sunak yesterday awarded former Prime Minister Theresa May a peerage just one hour before polling stations closed in the country in what is expected to be his last act as head of government, allowing May to join the House of Lords.

The Electoral Commission
reports “abuse and
intimidation” to candidates

The head of the UK Electoral Commission, Vijay Rangarajan, has said after the polls closed in yesterday’s parliamentary elections that there has been “abuse and intimidation” towards candidates.
“There has been a strong and dynamic campaign, but there has been unacceptable abuse and intimidation of candidates. A record number of postal votes have been successfully delivered, but some have been unable to vote both in the UK and abroad due to the late arrival of ballot papers,” he said.

 
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