Election results from across the country so far appear to confirm exit polls that predicted that Boris Johnson will return to 10 Downing Street with a large majority for the Conservative Party.
Exit polls predicted the Conservatives would win a majority with 368 seats compared to Labour’s 191.
With a few seats left to declare election forecasts predict that the Conservatives will get 364 MPs, Labour 203, the SNP 48, the Lib Dems 12, Plaid Cymru four, the Greens one
Speaking after he was re-elected in Uxbridge, west London, Johnson said: “It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.”
He added: “Above all I want to thank the people of this country for turning out to vote in a December election that we didn’t want to call but which I think has turned out to be a historic election that gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people to change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of the entire people of this country.”
The Conservative vote is up by just over 1 per cent.
However Labour’s vote is down by around 8 per cent on the 2017 general election.
Commenting on the results so far party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he will not lead Labour into another general election, following a “very disappointing night” for his party.
He added that the issue of Brexit had “polarised” politics and “overridden so much of normal political debate”.
“I recognise that has contributed to the results that the Labour Party has received this evening all across this country” he said.
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