UK Election: Conservatives Win Overall Majority

December 13, 2019

British voters went to the polls yesterday [Dec 12], giving Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party its largest majority since 1987.

The BBC reported, “With just one seat left to declare, the Conservatives have 364 MPs, Labour 203, the SNP 48, Liberal Democrats 11 and the DUP eight.

“It’s the final stop of a general election campaign every party leader dreams of. An audience with the Queen and an invite to form a government.

“That dream is a reality for Boris Johnson this lunchtime – he returned to Downing Street with a Commons majority the Conservatives haven’t seen in around three decades.

“Nearly 14 million votes, a net gain of 47 seats – and breakthroughs in places long seen as unwinnable by the Tories; Burnley, Blyth Valley, Workington, Wrexham and many more.”

“Addressing supporters this morning, in front of a slogan that read “The People’s Government”, Mr Johnson acknowledged some “may only have leant us your vote”, as he put it.

“I am humbled you have put your trust in me,” he added, saying “we will never take your support for granted”.

“For the first time since the EU referendum in 2016 – one thing is now certain. The UK will leave the European Union at the end of January.”

A Guardian story said, “Boris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory, winning a string of seats from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in its traditional heartlands.

“Johnson’s gamble of triggering a snap poll in the hope of uniting the Brexit vote in leave-supporting seats across Wales, the Midlands and the north of England paid off spectacularly, setting him on course for the Tories’ strongest performance for decades.

“The Prime Minister addressed the nation just after 7am, saying Brexit was now the “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people” and promising those who lent their vote to the Tories in traditional Labour areas: “I will not let you down.”

“UK stocks and the pound shot higher after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured an election victory that clears the way for Britain to quickly leave the European Union,” CNN noted.

“The currency had been rising steadily in recent weeks as traders bet on a Johnson win. With a solid majority in parliament, the Conservative leader can take the country out of the European Union by January 31 — removing some of the Brexit uncertainty that has hung over businesses and the economy for more than three years.

“The election also ends Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of transforming the UK economy through a spree of left-wing policies that scared the business community.

“His platform called for the nationalization of major utilities, tax rises for companies and higher earners, and awarding 10% of companies’ shares to their workers. Corbyn said as the results came in that he would stand aside as Labour leader before the next election.”

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  1. Regards says:

    Excellent News.