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Labour Party Wins Majority In UK Elections: Welcome Starmer, Goodbye Sunak

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British opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer attends a campaign event at a farm in Oxfordshire, Britain. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The UK Labour Party has won 326 seats in the parliamentary election, broadcaster ITV said on Friday. It holds a majority in the 650 seat House of Commons.

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said his country had voted for change and it was time for his party to deliver. He was speaking shortly after winning his parliamentary seat of Holborn and St Pancras in London.

“Tonight people here and around the country have spoken and they are ready for change, to end the politics of performance and return to politics as public service,” he said. “You have voted. It’s now time for us to deliver. The change begins right here.”

The results were largely in line with exit polls that projected Labour winning 410 of the House of Common’s 650 seats.  The party had held a consistent 20 percentage point lead, leaving on track to form a majority government.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conceded defeat in the national election on Friday, saying the opposition Labour Party had won.

“The Labour Party has won this general election and I have called Sir Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory,” Sunak said after winning his parliamentary seat in northern England.

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“Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner, with goodwill on all sides. That is something that should give us all confidence in our country’s stability and future.”

“I will head down to London where I will say more about tonight’s result before I leave the job as prime minister, to which I have given my all.”

Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-immigrant Reform UK party, won a seat for the first time from the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, comfortably beating the sitting Conservative candidate Giles Watling.

His anti-immigrant and pro-Brexit campaigning had made him onr of Britain’s most recognisable and divisive figures.

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who was displaced by Starmer, won from his seat of Islington North, which he has held since 1983.