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Friday, 05 July 2024 10:20

U.K. Labour Party wins huge majority in general election.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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The Labour Party has officially won enough seats in the UK's 2024 general election to have a majority in parliament, as vote counting continues. 

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer will become prime minister and can form a majority government.

They have won 410 seats so far, handing the Conservatives one of the biggest defeats in its history.

It means the Conservative Party have lost power for the first time in 14 years.

"We did it," Starmer said in a victory speech. "Change begins now ... We said we would end the chaos, and we will, we said we would turn the page, and we have. Today, we start the next chapter, begin the work of change, the mission of national renewal and start to rebuild our country."

Starmer said doing so well "feels good", and added he's "ready to serve our country, ready to restore Britain to the service of working people".

A glum Rishi Sunak conceded defeat and said he had called Starmer to congratulate him on his victory.

"Today power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner, with goodwill on all sides," Sunak said. "There is much to learn and reflect on and I take responsibility for the loss to the many good hardworking Conservative candidates ... I am sorry."

Sunak will tender his resignation to head of state King Charles III, with the monarch then asking Starmer, as the leader of the largest party in parliament, to form a government.

Labour's resurgence is a stunning turnaround from five years ago, when hard-left former leader Jeremy Corbyn took the party to its worst defeat since 1935 in an election dominated by Brexit.

Starmer is facing a daunting to-do list, with economic growth anaemic, public services overstretched and underfunded due to swingeing cuts, and households squeezed financially.