British Voters Re-elect PM Boris Johnson with Decisive Majority, Biggest Tory Win Since 1987
December 14 , 2019
Incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party (Tory) secured a decisive mandate from the British voters in Thursday's general election. Reports say that the Tory’s won 365 seats out of the 650-seat chamber, giving them an 80-seat majority. 326 seats were needed for a majority in the House of Commons. This is the biggest ever win for the Conservative party in 30 years (since Margaret Thatcher's win in 1987). The opposition Labour Party won 203 seats, thereby losing 59 seats from the last election. It was their worst ever defeat in over 80-years (since the 1930s). PM Johnson, in his first reactions after the announcement of results, said that “I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time, by the 31st of January.” The anti-Brexit Scottish National Party won 48 seats, an increase of 13 seats from the last election. Some of the world leaders who congratulated PM Johnson are the US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, France's European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin, and others. Johnson expressed relief by saying that the “powerful mandate” will bring an end to the Brexit debate and “let the healing begin”. He reassured the anti-Brexiteers that a “new partnership” will be forged with the EU as a non-member. PM Johnson vowed to work 24x7 so that he can repay the trust of his voters and at the same time make his government a "one-nation people's government”.