Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party will have a convincing majority in the new UK Parliament, the results of yesterday’s election show, meaning he will remain in office.
Based on known results, the BBC has announced a forecast that the Conservatives will have 364 MPs, Labor MPs 203, the Scottish National Party 48, the Liberal Democratic Party 12, the Wales Party four and the Greens one term.
Results remain to be announced for a smaller number of parliamentary seats, but the Tories now have a convincing majority of 78 MPs.
The Brexit Party has not won a single term.
These results mean the Conservatives will have the most comfortable majority in Westminster since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election victory.
Labor, who lost their seats in the constituencies that supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum, is facing its biggest defeat since 1935.
Johnson said after the results were released that the Conservative government was given a “new and strong mandate to do Brexit.”
“I want to thank the people of this country for coming out to vote in December, which we did not want to call, but which turned into a historic election that now gives the new government the opportunity to honor the democratic will of the British people to change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of this nation’s entire people, “Johnson said.
He became prime minister in July without a general election after being elected by the Conservative Party as a leader instead of Teresa May.
Opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbin said his party offered a “manifesto of hope,” but that “Brexit polarized the debate so much that it overshadowed much of the normal political debate.”
Labor got about eight percent fewer votes than the 2017 election, and the Tories thrived by one percent. Smaller parties reported better results.