The Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson has swept to a resounding victory in the UK General Election, gaining 47 seats and a working majority in the House of Commons of 78, the largest since 1935. There is still one seat still to be declared.
In the snap election, widely viewed as a determining vote for the resolving of the Brexit crisis, the opposition Labour Party was swept aside in its traditional heartlands of the Midlands and the north-east, losing 59 seats.
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson said he would ‘repay the trust of voters, and work ‘flat out’ to lead a ‘people’s government’.
A short time ago, Prime Minister Johnson travelled to Buckingham Palace to request Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s permission to form a new government.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not remain, and the party will be seeking a new leader. The party has been widely condemned for its anti-Semitic views.
Although a Conservative win was deemed likely by pollsters, the historic scale of this victory was unanticipated.
President Trump tweeted his congratulations to Mr Johnson;