Live updates as Boris Johnson wins majority and Corbyn faces calls to quit

General election result: Live updates as Boris Johnson wins majority and Corbyn faces calls to quit


Friday 13 December 2019 08:31

Boris Johnson hailed a political “earthquake” which saw Labour support crumble in its heartlands, handing him a decisive majority in parliament. The Conservatives are expected to finish up on 364 seats.

Jeremy Corbyn blamed Brexit for Labour’s devastating defeat, as he announced he would stand down as leader after overseeing a “period of reflection”. The party is set to take just 203 seats – its worst election performance since 1935. 

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP and quit as party leader. Nicola Sturgeon said she had a “strengthened” mandate for a second vote on Scottish independence, as the SNP made a series of gains.

Dominic Cummings: Remainers ‘didn’t understand what was going on’


The PM’s right-hand man Dominic Cummings if he could take any credit for the Conservative election victory. “No, not at all,” he replied.


He added: “After the shock of the referendum MPs and journalists should have taken a deep breath and had a lot of self-reflection of why they misunderstood what was going on in the country but instead a lot of people just doubled down on their own ideas and f***** it up even more.


“That’s why something like this happens against expectations.


“All these better than average educated Remainer campaigner types who have waved around for eight weeks, for the last four months and didn’t understand what was going on and didn’t understand they were driving everyone mad.”


Cummings continued: “Hopefully now they’ll learn because it’s not good for the country, the whole dynamic to carry on.


“MPs need to reflect, the media needs to reflect and they need to realise that the conversations they have in London are a million miles away from reality.”


Dominic Cummings arrives for the PM’s victory speech (AFP)


Conservatives hold Northamptonshire South


Business secretary Andrea Leadsom has held her seat with a very comfortable majority of more than 27,000. The full national picture is almost in place.


Sinn Fein holds Fermanagh & South Tyrone


Sinn Fein has held the Fermanagh & South Tyrone seat in Northern Ireland, with a reduced majority of only 57. It leaves us with only a few seats to go.


Boris Johnson tells switching Labour voters:  I won’t take your support for granted


The prime minister thanked traditional Labour voters who helped him to victory as he addressed Tory party members gathered at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre for his victory speech at the venue.


“Your hand may have quivered in the voting booth,” he told switching Labour voters. “I – and we – will never take your support for granted. I will make it my mission to prove you right for voting for me this time.”


He claimed the NHS will be his “top priority” – and also claimed his one nation Tory party now represents everyone from “Woking to Workington”.


Johnson ruled out a second referendum and vowed to take the country out of the EU next month.

“I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by the January 31 – no ifs, no buts, no maybes.”


He lead the Tory audience to chant “get Brexit done”, before adding: “First – let’s get breakfast done.”


Conservatives hold Devon West & Torridge


The Tories have kept another constituency in the south west. They win with a nearly 25,000 majority, on a 74.8% turnout.


Geoffrey Cox – the attorney general perhaps best known for his booming voice – keeps his seat as an MP, and increased his majority.


Just four seats remain to be decided.

Lib Dems appoint new acting leaders

The Liberal Democrats have appointed the party’s deputy leader Sir Ed Davey and president Baroness Sal Brinton as joint leaders after Jo Swinson’s election defeat.

A leadership election will take place in the new year, the party announced, after a damaging night which saw its leader lose her seat to the Scottish National Party.

Ms Swinson said the result was “hugely disappointing” in her seat and across the country, as Boris Johnson romped to victory with a comfortable Conservative majority.

She said in a statement released just hours after her defeat: “I am proud that in this campaign, the Liberal Democrats have stood up for openness, generosity and hope. We were honest about what we believe in and what we were trying to achieve.

“This is clearly a setback for liberal values. But there are millions of people across the country who believe in them. By coming together to fight for them, we can create a positive future.”

Sinn Fein hold Fermanagh and South Tyrone


Right on time, the first of those is called. Sinn Fein keep hold of Fermanagh & South Tyrone, and we’ve got five seats left to be declared.

Six seats remain


We’re still waiting for: Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Northamptonshire South, Arundel & South Downs, Chorley, Devon West & Torridge and St Ives.


They’re coming from all across the country, though two are in the south west, where big constituencies and other practical issues make it take a little longer.


Of course, those results won’t make any difference to the bigger picture at all.

Conservatives hang onto Croydon South


The seat is solidly Tory: a 12,339 majority, with 70.7% turnout.


Five left to declare.

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ITV anchor Tom Bradby relaxes at end of marathon presenting shift



Final results continue to roll in


The Tories hold onto Cheltenham, with a slim majority of 941.


There’s now seven seats left to be called. We’ll probably have to wait quite a while until the final results – such as those in Cornwall – actually come in.

Trump tweets about ‘massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT’, in response to Johnson win


Labour’s loss ‘more serious’ than 1983, expert says


Polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice said Labour’s loss is “a more serious defeat” than when the party lost in 1983.

Speaking to BBC News, Sir John said: “There is a striking contrast between Labour’s defeat this time and the one in 1983 that perhaps might lead one to think this is the more serious defeat.

“Back in 1983, when by the way Labour got a lower share of the vote than they got this time, what enabled Labour in 1983 to defend itself against what was no more 28% share of the vote was that it held on to its traditional areas of strength.

“It did relatively well in the north of England, it did relatively well in the more working-class parts of the country.

“The striking thing about this election is the way in which it performed most-worse in the north of England, in the Midlands, in working-class seats.”

Last results continue to trickle in


The Conservatives hold Dorset North; Labour holds Croydon North; the Lib Dems keep Orkney & Shetland.


There’s only 10 or so seats left to call. It looks like the Tories are on course for a majority of about 80.

Boris Johnson speaks to staff at Conservative HQ


In a recording obtained by website Buzzfeed, a jubilant Mr Johnson told aides at Conservative HQ in Westminster: “We must understand now what an earthquake we have created. The way in which we have changed the political map of this country.

“We have to grapple with the consequences of that, we have to change our own party, we have to rise to the level of events, we must… we must answer the challenge that the British people have given us.”

Tories remove Dennis Skinner from Bolsover seat


Conservatives win Buckingham


The speaker’s seat has been taken by the Tories again. They have a huge majority – of 20,411.

​Theresa Villiers holds onto Chipping Barnet


The Tories still have Chipping Barnet – but only just. Theresa Villiers won 44.7% of the vote for her party, and the Lib Dems got 42.6%.

David Gauke loses seat


David Gauke, the Conservative stalwart who resigned after Boris Johnson became Tory leader, has lost his seat after standing as an independent. 


Conservatives win Kensington from Labour


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