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UK General Election Results 2019 Highlights: Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wins majority in general election

UK General Election Results 2019 Today Highlights: Reacting on his party's victory, Johnson said that the people of Britain have given a "powerful new mandate" to the Conservative Party to deliver Brexit and unite the nation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2019 8:13:40 pm
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds leave the Conservative Party’s headquarters with their dog Dilyn following the general election in London, Britain December 13, 2019. (REUTERS)

UK General Election Results 2019 Highlights: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Friday won a parliamentary majority in the UK’s general elections. Results showed the Boris-led Conservative won 326 of the 650 seats in the lower House of Commons, according to Sky News and BBC.

Reacting on his party’s victory, Johnson said that the people of Britain have given a “powerful new mandate” to the Conservative Party to deliver Brexit and unite the nation. After nearly four years of Brexit debate that has riven the United Kingdom, deadlocked parliament and shocked allies, a majority will allow Johnson to lead the United Kingdom out of the club it first joined in 1973.

Read | All you need to know about UK elections

Meanwhile, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he would not lead Britain’s main opposition party at the next general election, after predictions of a crushing defeat at nationwide polls. “I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign,” the veteran socialist, 70, said after winning his north London seat for the 10th time.

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    18:20 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    15 Indian-origin MPs register strong result in UK election

    A record 15 Indian-origin politicians entered the UK's House of Commons on Friday after a historic election won by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Indian-origin candidates across both the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each in the UK's General Election on Thursday, with around a dozen MPs retaining their seats alongside some new faces, taking their number in the UK's lower house up to 15. Prime Minister Johnson's emphatic victory set the UK on course for an exit from the European Union (EU) next month. The new Parliament voted in also produced the most diverse Parliament ever, with one in 10 MPs now from an ethnic minority background. All the MPs from the previous Parliament contesting this time were successful in clinching their seats, with Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party, Navendru Mishra for Labour and Munira Wilson for the Liberal Democrats among the first-timers. (PTI)

    18:10 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Explained: Tories get a huge majority, what now for the Brexit process?

    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the biggest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher in 1987, and Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that the government will, as the Conservative Party repeatedly promised during the campaign, move quickly to “get Brexit done” — “Get it done before Christmas, introduce the legislation and get that moving in Parliament”. Read more

    14:12 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Indian-origin candidates register strong result in UK general election

    Indian-origin candidates across both the Conservative and Labour parties on Friday registered strong results in the UK's general election, with around a dozen MPs retaining their seats alongside some new faces. 

    All the Indian-origin MPs from the previous Parliament were successful in clinching their seats, with Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party and Navendru Mishra for Labour among the first-timers. Click here to know more.

    (Twitter/patel4witham)
    14:05 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Britain will leave EU on January 31: Boris Johnson

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would leave the European Union on Jan. 31 after his sweeping election win. "We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes," Johnson said.

    13:19 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Conservatives win commanding majority in UK

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party won a commanding majority in the British Parliament, a striking victory that redraws the lines in British politics and paves the way for the country’s exit from the European Union early next year.

    The Conservatives were projected to win 363 seats in the House of Commons, versus 203 for the Labour Party, according to the BBC, with almost all of Parliament’s seats decided. That would give the Conservatives about a 75-seat majority, their largest since that amassed by Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Click here to know more.

    12:11 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Trump says Britain, US free to strike new trade deal after Brexit

    "Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!" US President Donald Trump tweeted. 

    11:32 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Congratulations on a resounding victory: Australian PM to Johnson

    "Congratulations Boris Johnson on a resounding victory and being returned as UK PM. Looking forward to the stability this brings and a new deal for Oz with the UK. Say g’day to the quiet Britons for us," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted.

    11:17 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Many congratulations to Boris Johnson for his return: PM Modi

    "Many congratulations to Boris Johnson for his return with a thumping majority. I wish him the best and look forward to working together for closer India-UK ties," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

    11:15 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Boris Johnson wins majority

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives have won an outright majority in parliament, news agency Reuters reported.The official exit poll projected the Conservatives would win a total of 368 seats.  

    Johnson, 55, said the victory would give him a mandate to "get Brexit done" and take the UK out of the EU next month.

    10:38 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Visuals from UK

    Labour Party supporters react at a counting centre for Britain's general election in Glasgow, Britain, December 13, 2019. (Reuters)
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds leave the Conservative Party's headquarters with their dog Dilyn following the general election in London, Britain December 13, 2019. (Reuters)
    A staff member carries a ballot box at a counting centre during Britain's general election, Bath, Britain December 12, 2019. (Reuters)

    10:24 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    UK election results: Pound soars as Boris Johnson heads for victory

    The British pound surged more than 2% on Thursday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party looked set for a decisive election victory that markets believe makes an orderly exit from the European Union all but certain.

    Sterling's dramatic gains saw it reach a 19-month high versus the dollar and its strongest levels against the euro since shortly after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

    Its jump - as much as 2.5% - versus the dollar put it on course for one of its biggest one-day gains since the 1990s. (Reuters)

    10:17 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Latest projections put Conservatives at around 357

    According to a PTI report, the latest projections put the Johnson-led Conservatives at around 357, lower than the initial 368 but still well clear of the 326-seat half-way mark required for a majority in the House of Commons.

    09:54 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Looking like a big win for Boris in UK: Donald Trump

    US President Donald Trump said it was looking like "a big win" for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the British election.

    "Looking like a big win for Boris in the UK!" Trump tweeted.

    09:37 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Given powerful new mandate to deliver Brexit: Boris Johnson

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Friday said that the people of Britain have given a "powerful new mandate" to his Conservative party to deliver Brexit and unite the nation, AFP reported.

    09:17 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Johnson says election heading in the right direction

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said things seemed to be going in the right direction when he arrived to hear the result of his own electoral vote in the west London seat of Uxbridge, Reuters reported.

    09:09 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Jeremy Corbyn says will not lead Labour into future UK election

    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not lead the party into the next election after admitting it had been a "very disappointing night," news agency Reuters reported.

    "This is obviously a very disappointing night for the Labour Party with the result that we've got," Corbyn said after winning his north London electoral seat.

    "I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign," he said, adding that the party needed to reflect and that he would lead the party as it discussed its future.

    08:54 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Net gain of 10 seats for Conservatives so far

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives have made a net gain of 10 seats so far. Most results are expected between 0200 and 0500 GMT, news agency Reuters reported.

    08:22 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    I hope you enjoy a celebration tonight: Boris Johnson to party members

    "I hope you enjoy a celebration tonight," he said in an email to party members. "You powered this campaign. We couldn’t have done it without you."

    07:45 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Blame game in Labour Party begins

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced calls to quit on Friday, after equivocation over Brexit and his limited personal appeal contributed to a collapse in traditional strongholds and what looks like his party's worst election defeat in 84 years, Reuters reported.

    Labour candidate Gareth Snell said he expected to lose his parliamentary seat in Stoke-on-Trent, a city once regarded as a Labour stronghold, and made clear that he wanted Corbyn to take responsibility for the party's poor performance.

    An exit poll and early results showed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party were set for a resounding victory in Britain's election, allowing him to deliver Brexit on Jan. 31.

    07:22 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    EU welcomes Brexit clarity from UK Conservative victory

    Boris Johnson's expected election victory was welcomed by European leaders as it provided clarity on Britain's withdrawal from the EU. The leaders, however, said it would be challenging to agree on a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of 2020. Exit polls showed Johnson's Conservative Party would enjoy a majority of 86 seats in the 650-seat British parliament.

    "It is a very clear result - it will not change by tomorrow morning," Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was quoted as saying by Reuters in Brussels after the first day of an EU summit.

    "It means that we will move forward with our separation now. We now have 11 months to hash out a deal (on the future trade agreement). It's a very short time," he said.

    07:18 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Getting Brexit done is a priority: Priti Patel

    “This has been a hard-fought election in a very cold time of the year because we needed a functioning Conservative majority,” Priti Patel, the senior-most Indian-origin minister in Johnson's last Cabinet, said in response to the exit poll.

    “We are committed to deliver on priorities and getting Brexit done is a priority. The deal is there, we want to move forward,” she was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

    (AP/File photo)
    07:09 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    UK election: British pound surges

    The British pound soared to multi-year highs on Thursday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party looked set for a big parliamentary majority that markets believe means an orderly exit from the European Union.

    Sterling's dramatic gains saw it reach a 19-month high versus the dollar and its strongest levels against the euro since shortly after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

    Its 2.5% jump versus the dollar put it on course for one of its biggest one-day gains since the 1990s. (REUTERS)

    07:08 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    UK election: Ipsos MORI final exit polls result

    As per exit polls, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party looks set for a resounding victory in Britain’s election. 

    05:23 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    For the first time, Conservatives sweep Blyth Valley

    The Conservatives have won the Blyth Valley seat from Labour for the first time since its creation in 1950, as per BBC reports.

    Gloria De Piero, who was standing down as an MP for the Labour party, wrote on Twitter:

    05:06 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    As initial results out, indicate Labour's Chi Onwurah's victory

    Chi Onwurah wins as first result comes in Labour’s Chi Onwurah has held the Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency for Labour, though with a reduced majority, as the first declaration comes in, as per The Guardian. Here’s the result in full:

    Chi Onwurah (Labour) 21,568
    Emily Payne (Conervative) 9,290
    Ali Avaei (Liberal Democrat) 2,709
    Mark Griffin (Brexit party) 2,542
    Tay Pitman (Green party) 1,365

    04:11 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Conservatives set to sweep UK polls, as per exit polls: BBC
    03:37 (IST)13 Dec 2019
    Here are full exit poll results

    Leading the exit polls are the Conservatives with majority votes of 368, followed by the Labour Party with 191 votes. 

    Here is the full list of exit poll results:

    Conservatives: 368
    Labour: 191
    SNP: 55
    Liberal Democrats: 13
    Plaid Cymru: 3
    Greens: 1
    Brexit party: 0
    Others: 22

    20:56 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Pups at polls: As UK votes, #Dogsatpollingstations trends on social media

    Yet again, the quirky tradition of clicking pictures of dogs outside polling stations has caught up with voters in the UK, which went to elections for the third time in four years.

    As millions of people stepped out on Thursday to cast their franchise, which will decide who among their leaders would solve the Brexit muddle, many were accompanied by their pooches at the polling booths.

    Using hashtag #dogsatpollingstations, many voters took to social media to share pictures of their pets outside polling booths. Read more

    19:43 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Greta Thunberg urges UK to look beyond Brexit

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg urged the UK to look beyond Brexit. Every election is a climate election. Vote for your children. Vote for the planet. Vote for future generations. Vote for humanity," Thunberg tweeted the day after Time magazine selected her as its youngest ever Person of the Year.

    18:16 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    UK Elections: Man arrested after suspicious device found near polling booth

    A 48-year-old man has been arrested after a suspicious device was found near a polling station in North Lanarkshire, BBC reported. The police said the device was discovered on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats in Motherwell on Thursday.

    17:22 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Opinion: Can UK bear more of Brexit debate?

    The Conservative Party has been deeply divided over the Brexit question, but right now Johnson is asking for a large vote ‘to get Brexit done’. He has negotiated a deal and he needs a comfortable majority to get it through the House of Commons. In his weekly column, Meghnad Desai writes whether UK can bear more of Brexit debate.

    17:17 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon votes for UK general elections

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon votes in the general election in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, December 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    16:59 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    'Doggies' Day Out' at UK polling stations

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not alone when he cast his vote in Britain's general election on Thursday morning. His dog, Dilyn, came with him.

    A similar trend was followed by a number of other political leaders and common folk who walked their pets to the polling booths.

    16:38 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Key promises in Green Party manifesto

    -Reach net zero emission by 2030 by investing £100bn a year

    -Increase funding for the NHS by at least £6bn per year, until 2030

    -Oppose Brexit and hold another referendum on membership and will campaign to remain in that vote

    -Waive university tuition fee and write-off existing student debt

    16:28 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Key promises in Labour Party manifesto

    -Increase the health budget by 4.3% a year

    -Hold a second referendum on Brexit

    -Nationalise key industries, including six big energy firms, National Grid, and Royal Mail

    -Introduce a minimum wager of a £10-an-hour for all workers

    -Freeze state pension age at 66

    16:28 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Key points in Conservative Party manifesto

    -Increase the number of nurses by 50,000

    -Get Brexit done by January 31, 2020

    -No rise in income tax, VAT or National Insurance

    -Pensions will rise by at least 2.5% per year

    -Australian style points-based immigration system

    -20,000 more police officers over the next three years in England and Wales

    15:56 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Explained: India in Labour Party manifestos over the years

    The Labour Party's manifesto for the UK election promises to issue an apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. It also includes a pledge to institute an audit into the country’s colonial past.

    Earlier this year, former Prime Minister Theresa May had stopped short of a formal apology when she expressed “deep regret” for the colonial misadventure on its 100th anniversary.

    Over the years, issues relating to India have found mention in many election manifestos in the UK. In the 1945 election, India’s freedom had been a campaign promise of the Labour party, its manifesto pledging “the advancement of India to responsible self-government”. Read more

    15:15 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Boris Johnson promises Brexit done by January 31, 2020

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised that if the Conservatives win the British polls, he  will get the Brexit done by January 31, 2020. 

    13:39 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    UK elections: What is the majority mark

    Any party with more than half the MPs (326) in the Commons usually forms the government. If no party has a majority of MPs, the one with the most can form a coalition, with one or more other parties to gain control.

    13:35 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    UK elections: What is the majority mark?

    Any party with more than half the MPs (326) in the Commons usually forms the government. If no party has a majority of MPs, the one with the most can form a coalition, with one or more other parties to gain control.

    Boris Johnson, British PM, Conservatives, Boris Johnson criticised, Johnson reaction on sick child, child on floor, indian express British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson. (AP photo)

    Johnson's Conservative Party was criticized for using misleading tactics on social media, while Corbyn's Labour Party sought to win votes by promising to tax the rich, boost government spending and nationalize industries such as railroads and water companies.

    One of the focal points of the ugly campaign was the National Health Service, a deeply respected institution that has struggled to meet rising demand after nine years of austerity under Conservative-led governments, news agency AP had reported.

    The election is being held two years ahead of its schedule where all 650 seats in the House of Commons are in fray.

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