14 December 2019 12:36
Boris Johnson has hailed a political "earthquake" which saw Labour support crumble in its heartlands in the face of a Tory landslide. In his victory speech after retaining his own seat, he claimed a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done". While the Conservatives gained a huge rafter of new seats, with 52 constituencies swinging to Tory, Labour only managed to secure an extra one with Putney. READ MORE: Election results map: How did YOUR constituency vote? Boris Johnson has enjoyed an astonishingly good General Election - after the Tories romped their way to a majority.
Mr Johnson hailed his "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done" as his party careered to victory in the 2019 General Election. The Tory landslide prompted Jeremy Corbyn to announce he will not lead Labour into another election after his party suffered humiliation. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson also lost her seat to the SNP, who were set for a good night in Scotland. Meanwhile Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP while Boris Johnson kept his with an increased majority despite an 'unseat' campaign. Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will not lead Labour into another election, and Jo Swinson has been unseated.
A total of seven seats in North Wales are now held by the Conservative Party, with one seat retained by Labour and the two remaining seats retained by Plaid Cymru. One of the biggest shocks of the night saw Wrexham - a Labour held seat since before the Second World War - taken by the Tories. Clwyd South also turned blue, with Conservative Party candidate Simon Baynes beating incumbent Labour MP Susan Elan Jones by 16,222 votes to 14,983. The Conservatives had a shock victory in the Delyn constituency, which had been held by Labour's David Hanson since 1992. Speaking after his victory, Mr Roberts said: "I am obviously honoured to have been selected as the MP for Delyn for the first time since 1992 and whether people voted for me personally, or the goals and aims of the party, I will do everything I can to deliver on the needs of the area and I don't take the result lightly." Alyn and Deeside was the only seat the Labour Party won in North Wales, with MP Mark Tami, who has represented the constituency since 2001, winning the vote after a re-count.
The Liberal Democrats also endured a painful night, with party leader Jo Swinson losing her East Dunbartonshire seat to the Scottish National Party. After retaining his seat, Boris Johnson hailed his "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done". He said: "It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done." Boris Johnson has clinched a historic Conservative general election victory, winning a string of seats from Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party in its traditional heartlands. Johnson's gamble of triggering a snap poll in the hope of uniting the Brexit vote in leave-supporting seats across Wales, the Midlands and the north of England paid off spectacularly, setting him on course for the Tories' strongest performance for decades. The prime minister addressed the nation just after 7am, saying Brexit was now the "irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people" and promising those who lent their vote to the Tories in traditional Labour areas: "I will not let you down." He said he would not lead Labour into another general election, but that the party needed a "period of reflection", during which he would remain in place to oversee. Play Video 1:41 Jeremy Corbyn says he will not lead Labour into another election – video Scores of other long-held Labour seats, including Workington, Wrexham and Bishop Auckland, turned blue as the night went on, and by shortly after 5am the Conservatives had secured a majority. But the prime minister took a more humble tone towards those in Labour heartlands who voted for him and helped turn swaths of the north and Midlands blue. He also suggested the Tory party would have to change to reflect the interests of its new seats across the Midlands, north of England and Wales. Labour's chair, Ian Lavery, a Corbyn ally, said: "What we are seeing in the Labour heartlands is people very aggrieved at the fact the party basically has taken a stance on Brexit the way they have – 17.4 million voting for Brexit and basically being ignored is not a good recipe," he said. But the former Labour cabinet minister Alan Johnson said: "It's Corbyn. There were few bright spots for Labour, but in a rare gain the party took Putney, a remain-voting seat in the capital. Caroline Flint, who lost her Don Valley seat to the Tories, said "those influential Labour figures living in north London postcodes" should accept that "Labour cannot simply be a party of big cities and university towns, or just a party of the young". Play Video 7:41 'We smashed the roadblock': Boris Johnson's election victory speech in full – video