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Starmer becomes Prime Minister after Labour landslide sweeps Tories away

05 Jul 2024 2 minute read
King Charles III speaks with Sir Keir Starmer during an audience at Buckingham Palace. Photo Yui Mok/PA Wire

Sir Keir Starmer has become Prime Minister after a Labour landslide which saw former premier Liz Truss and a dozen Tory cabinet members lose their seats.

The Conservative rout saw Rishi Sunak forced out of office and the ex-prime minister announced his intention to quit as Tory leader after the party suffered its worst ever result.

Sir Keir became Prime Minister after meeting the King at Buckingham Palace following the resignation of Mr Sunak.

In a farewell statement in Downing Street, Mr Sunak said: “To the country, I would like to say first and foremost, I am sorry.

“I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters.

“I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.”

After 648 of the 650 Commons seats had been declared, Labour had a majority of 176.

Labour had 412 seats and the Tories 121.

Step down

Mr Sunak said: “Following this result I will step down as party leader – not immediately, but once the formal arrangements for selecting my successor are in place.

“It is important that, after 14 years in government, the Conservative Party rebuilds, but also that it takes up its crucial role in opposition professionally and effectively.”


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Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
9 days ago

Delighted to see the Tory scum being defeated, but very concerned about the rise of Reform UK in Cymru. Well done to Plaid on the increase in number of MPs.

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