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The United Kingdom’s Labour Party has officially taken over the majority in Parliament, marking a significant shift in the country’s political landscape.

After 14 years of power from the Conservatives, the Labour Party secured 412 seats, just shy of its historical peak, and the Conservatives reduced to a mere 121 seats. In his inaugural address outside 10 Downing Street, newly elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer called on the nation to “move forward together.” He added, “Now our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal and a return of politics to public service. A mandate like this comes with a great responsibility.”

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His predecessor, Rishi Sunak, said, “This is a difficult day at the end of a number of difficult days. But I leave this job honored to have been your prime minister.” Sunak added, “The Labour party has won this general election. I take responsibility for the loss. To the many good, hard-working Conservative candidates who lost tonight, despite their tireless efforts, their local records and delivery, and their dedication to their communities. I am sorry. Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner, with goodwill on all sides. That is something that should give us all confidence in our country’s stability and future.”

New leadership on the world stage:
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister, Starmer announced key cabinet positions, including David Lammy as the UK’s Foreign Secretary and John Healey as the Defense Secretary. The most senior position, Chancellor, was given to Pat McFadden, who previously served as the Labour Party’s National Campaign Coordinator.

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A surprise:
Nigel Farage, who leads the far-right “Reform UK” party, celebrated his party’s gains and secured a seat in Parliament. The party gained five seats in the House of Commons, with an official share of 14.3% of the vote. Speaking to reporters, Farage stated he plans to build a “mass movement across the country that will change politics forever.”


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