July 24, 2024

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Labor wins and the United Kingdom has a new Prime Minister

Labor wins and the United Kingdom has a new Prime Minister

The Labor Party won a majority in Parliament UK A general election on Thursday the 4th will return to power after 14 years. As of 1:03 a.m. (Brasilia time) this Friday, according to the official count, Labor has reached 326 seats, guaranteeing a majority. The decision will be taken by the labor leader Keir Starmer He succeeded Rishi Sunak, a conservative, as prime minister.

Keir Starmer said Labour’s landslide victory in the British election would usher in a phase of “national transformation and renewal”.

Starmer and Labor won 409 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, according to updated results released Friday morning. Counting of votes is yet to be completed in eight districts.

Current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives won 119 seats, their worst election result since the party was founded in 1834, down from 156 MPs recorded in 1906, their worst record ever.

“Voters have spoken and are ready for change, for show politics and for a return to politics as a service to citizens,” Labor leader Starmer, 61, declared in a speech following his re-election as an MP in his north London seat. Vol.

“Today we begin a new chapter, we begin this effort for change, this mission of national renewal, we begin to rebuild our country,” said the Labor leader, who will take his first steps on the international stage next week. NATO summit in Washington.

The far-right Reform UK Party, led by the controversial Nigel Farage, one of Brexit’s biggest supporters, has so far managed to enter parliament with four seats.

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“The revolt against the ‘establishment’ is underway,” Farage, 60, announced on social network X. He managed to enter the British Parliament in his eighth attempt.

Return to center

Starmer did not break the record number of Labor MPs (418) in 1997 when 18 years of Conservative governments were ended by Tony Blair.

Many leaders congratulated Starmer. European Council President Charles Michael hailed a “historic election victory” and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he looked forward to “working constructively” with the new British government.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also congratulated Starmer. “Ukraine and the United Kingdom have always been and will continue to be reliable allies,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated the Labor leader on his victory and said his country would seek cooperation with the United Kingdom in the fields of defence, technology and climate.

Starmer, who moved his party closer to centrist positions after Labor lost the 2019 elections to his left-leaning predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, campaigned for less radical “change”.

Corbyn, 74, who was kicked out of Labor after being accused of anti-Semitic views, confirmed his presence in parliament by winning the Islington North constituency in London.

Starmer has promised to manage the economy cautiously, with a long-term growth plan that includes strengthening criticized public services, particularly the health system.

Conservative leader Rishi Sunak, who according to some polls was unlikely to win a by-election again, won his seat in Richmond in northern England and retained his seat.

“Changing Hands”

“The Labor Party won this election. The British gave a clear verdict and I am taking over. Today, power is changing hands, peacefully and orderly, with goodwill on all sides,” Sunak said.

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While Sunak was able to secure her place in Parliament, it did not happen to other influential names in the Conservative Party, for example Liz Truss, who was the leader of the government, or Lucy Fraser, the Minister for Defence, Grand Shops and Culture.

The Conservative leader left office less than two years after being appointed prime minister, and when he took office in October 2022, after an economically disastrous mandate that lasted just 49 days, Truss replaced Boris Johnson in party scandal. Official residence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Conservative Party, mired in internal strife and deep crisis, has been in power since May 2010, first under David Cameron as Prime Minister, followed by Theresa May and Johnson.

Brexit in 2020 and its consequences for the British economy, the Covid-19 pandemic, rising cost of living and criticism of the health service’s performance, along with long waiting lists, have taken their toll on the Conservatives.

After Sunak repeatedly charged that a Labor victory would result in “more taxes for a generation”, Starmer sought to reassure voters by insisting he would only raise rates on certain taxpayers, such as private schools or companies in the hydrocarbon sector. workers.

Starmer also announced that he would drop a Conservative plan to send planes with undocumented migrants to Rwanda to combat the mass influx of people crossing the English Channel, which separates the UK from France.

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