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Rishi Sunak-Led Conservative Party Faces Huge Defeat As Labour's Keir Starmer Set To Be New UK PM: All That You Need To Know

Kuldeep Negi

Jul 05, 2024, 09:25 AM | Updated 09:25 AM IST

Labour leader Keir Starmer
Labour leader Keir Starmer

In a significant realignment of British politics, Keir Starmer's Labour Party is on the brink of a landslide victory in the UK general elections.

This comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party faces a substantial setback.

Despite a last-minute push to sway voters, the Conservative Party's warnings that a Labour government would result in higher taxes appear to have fallen short.

Current projections show Labour ahead with 304 seats, while the Conservatives have secured just 63.

A majority in the 650-member House of Commons requires 326 seats.

The official election exit poll predicts Labour will secure 410 seats, the highest since Tony Blair's 1997 victory, with a projected majority of 170.

Historical data from the last six UK elections shows only one incorrect exit poll prediction. The final results, expected by 11.30 am, will confirm the extent of Labour's victory.

Rishi Sunak's Conservatives are projected to plummet to 131 seats, marking their worst performance ever, likely leading to the loss of some of the party's most prominent figures.

Additionally, the Liberal Democrats and Nigel Farage's populist Reform UK are poised to make significant gains.

In a surprising move, Rishi Sunak called the election earlier than necessary in May, despite trailing Labour by 20 points in opinion polls.

He had hoped for a narrowing gap, a common trend in British elections, but the deficit persisted through what is considered a largely ineffective campaign.

Keir Starmer, whose background includes being the son of a toolmaker and a nurse, has promised "a decade of national renewal" following years of post-financial crash austerity, Brexit turmoil, and a cost-of-living crisis.

However, he faces considerable challenges ahead, including sluggish economic growth, strained public services, and financial pressures on households due to extensive cuts over the past fourteen years.

For Rishi Sunak, the early trends indicate a defeat that has seemed inevitable for months.

He has stated his intention to remain as an MP even if he steps down or is removed as Tory leader, though some polls suggest he may not retain his seat.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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