Labour win landslide victory in General Election

Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Gillian Keegan, Johnny Mercer, Penny Mordaunt and Grant Shapps among senior Tory figures to lose their seats

5 Jul 2024| News

Labour will form the next UK government after a sweeping victory in the general election. Labour currently have 412 seats (well above the 326 required for a majority) with three seats left to declare. That constitutes a 211 increase in seats compared to 2019. The landslide wasn’t quite reflected in the vote share, which only increased 1.6% to 33.7%.

Labour leader Keir Starmer told a rally that change “begins now” and promised an “age of national renewal” in which Labour would “start to rebuild our country”, while acknowledging that change would come easily.

The Tories suffered huge losses in a catastrophic defeat after 14 years of government. Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Gillian Keegan, Johnny Mercer, Penny Mordaunt and Grant Shapps were among senior figures to lose their seats on a tumultuous night. They ended the night on 121 seats and a 19.9% decease in their vote share to 23.7%.

Speaking outside Downing Street Rishi Sunak said:

“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.”

The Liberal Democrats are set to be the third biggest party in the House of Commons, with at least 71 seats in the new parliament. It is a huge increase of 63 seats for a party who performed dismally in 2019.

The Green Party achieved four MPs, with victories in target seats in Bristol. Both co-leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay will be in Parliament.

Labour’s victory was not plain sailing, however. Three seats fell to independents running on pro-Palestinian platforms, including Jonathan Ashworth in Leicester South. Jeremy Corbyn won as an independent in Islington North, and the selection fiasco in Chingford and Woodford Green saw the Labour Party’s candidate Shama Tatler and former candidate Faiza Shaheen just 79 votes apart having split the vote to allow Iain Duncan Smith to win.

Elsewhere, Reform gained 4 seats (less than predicted by the exit poll), and Nigel Farage finally became an MP – as the MP for Clacton on his eighth time standing for a Westminster seat.

Matt Wrack, President of the TUC and general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said Sir Keir Starmer should convene a summit with unions within days to plan how a new government would deliver for workers if Labour is victorious in Thursday’s election.

“Unions should be invited in quickly to set out their priorities. We want a pay rise. There are ways of raising taxes on the richest that would help a Labour government deliver. If there is a honeymoon for Labour, it could be short-lived unless the government responds to the pent-up anger after 14 years of pay restraint.”

Commenting on the landslide win by Labour, Daniel Kebede, General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

‘The NEU congratulates the Labour Party on its election victory. We are looking forward to working with the new Government.

‘After 14 years of neglect of education, it is plain for all to see the damage that underinvestment in education has done to the life chances of our children and young people. We want to work with Labour to break down the barriers to opportunity.

‘After the chaos and disrespect that a succession of Conservatives ministers has shown the profession, Labour’s comments about wanting to reset the relationship between Ministers and education professionals will be music to our members ears.”