Boris Johnson has lead Tories to a historic general election win, winning a string of seats from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. And people have had their say.
After just 7 am, the Prime Minister addressed the nation, stating that Brexit was now an “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people”. Johnson also promised to those that lent their vote to the Tories that were in traditional Labour areas: “I will not let you down”.
Johnson gave his victory speech in central London, standing in front of a slogan that claimed he would lead “the people’s government”. He also added that it was time for pro-EU campaigners to “put a sock in it”.
In a slightly more humble tone, he thanked those from Labour heartlands for helping turn swaths of the north and the Midlands blue.
“You may only have lent us your vote, you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory and you may intend to return to Labour next time around. If that is the case I am humbled that you have put your trust in me. I will never take your support for granted,” he said.
There was the suggestion by the Prime Minister that based on the results, it was time to reflect the interests of its new seats across the Midlands, north of England and Wales.
“We must understand now what an earthquake we have created. The way in which we have changed the political map in this country. We have to grapple with the consequences of that. We have to change our own party. We have to rise to the level of events. We have to rise to the challenge that the British people have given us.”
Meanwhile, Corbyn has yet to give a speech conceding his defeat, but in the early hours of the morning, he was unapologetic as he used acceptance speech in Islington North to criticise the media’s portrayal of him and his party. Corbyn insisted that despite this portrayal, his party’s policies were “extremely popular”.
He also added that Brexit may have overshadowed other important issues, conceding that it had been “a very disappointing night for the Labour party with the result that we have got”.
After the polls closed at 10 pm yesterday, the exit pointed to a much larger Conservative majority of 86. Not only did this send shock waves to the Labour party, but other major parties too.
Corbyn stated that he would not be leading his party into another general election, but that he would remain in place, for now, to oversee the Labour party in what he labelled would be their “period of reflection”.
When confronted with the figures on BBC, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, appeared to be in shock and pale-faced.
Many Corbyn loyalists have been quick to blame Brexit for the party’s performance, whilst some pointed at their party leader’s personal unpopularity.
Ian Lavery, a Corbyn ally, made a statement saying: “What we are seeing in the Labour heartlands is people very aggrieved at the fact the party basically has taken a stance on Brexit the way they have – 17.4 million voting for Brexit and basically being ignored is not a good recipe,” he said. “Ignore democracy and to be quite honest the consequences will come back and bite you up the backside.”
However, former Labour cabinet minister Alan Johnson had a conflicting belief, saying: “It’s Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn was a disaster for Labour – everyone knew that he couldn’t lead the working class out of a paper bag.”
Phil Wilson, who represented Tony Blair’s former seat since 2007, appeared disheartened as he said it made it difficult for the party to re-establish a bond with the voters.
He said: “I genuinely believe that the Corbyn leadership is the issue in this election and to say that it isn’t is delusional.
“Brexit is an issue but for every one person who raised Brexit on the doorstep with me, five people raised the leadership of the Labour party. But it isn’t just Jeremy Corbyn, it’s his worldview – they don’t see him as being patriotic, they see him as being anti-west.”
Wilson also added that the Labour party leader needed to take a “long hard look at himself and what he’s allowed to happen to the Labour party”.
It was shortly after 5 am that the Conservatives secured a majority as long-held Labour seats, including Workington, Wrexham and Bishop Auckland, all turned blue as the night went on.
With a 45 per cent share of the vote, it meant Tories’ highest since 1970.
After the Tory’s victory with a clear majority, it was announced that the pounds and stocks surged in UK markets.
In the meantime, check out people’s reaction over Twitter.
Not looking forward to these 5 years. Scared about the future of this country and the wellbeing of many suffering people/families. #ConservativeWin
— Greatfox64 (@KarlBoughen) December 13, 2019
— Luke Pearson (@Lukalixious) December 13, 2019
#ConservativeWin look at all the people who voted labour getting annoyed 😭😭😭
mate we got a majority you weren’t even close
— 🍰 emma ✧* (@momofrappae) December 13, 2019
me waking up early to see if the exit polls were wrong but instead waking up to see that not only have the conservatives won, jeremy corbyn is stepping down #ConservativeWin pic.twitter.com/nEqgsJCrnQ
— ariana 🙂 (@badtime_brini) December 13, 2019