U.K. PM-elect Keir Starmer pledges ‘national renewal’

Watch: Keir Starmer’s victory speech in full

Keir Starmer, 61, in his victory speech after winning from Holborn and St Pancras, said whether people voted for him or not, "I'll serve every person in this constituency."

Updated - July 05, 2024 03:02 pm IST

Published - July 05, 2024 10:04 am IST - London

Prime Minister-elect Keir Starmer pledged on July 5 to start a period of “national renewal” in the U.K. after his opposition Labour party defeated the ruling Conservatives in the general election.

Britain Prime Minister-elect and Labour Party leader Keir Starmer waves to the crowd of his supporters with his wife Victoria, at the Tate Modern in London, on July 5, 2024.

Britain Prime Minister-elect and Labour Party leader Keir Starmer waves to the crowd of his supporters with his wife Victoria, at the Tate Modern in London, on July 5, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP

“Today we start the next chapter — begin the work of change, the mission of national renewal and start to rebuild our country,” Starmer said in a triumphant victory speech in London after his party secured a majority in parliament.

Also read: U.K. General Election 2024

Earlier, Mr. Starmer, the Labour Party leader thanked voters and said the people of the country are "ready for change" and to "end the politics of performance", as he spoke for the first time since the exit poll predicted a landslide for his party in the general election.

Mr. Starmer, 61, in his victory speech after winning from Holborn and St Pancras, said whether people voted for him or not, "I'll serve every person in this constituency."

"I will speak out for you, have your back, fight your corner every single day," he said, adding people are "ready for change" and to "end the politics of performance".

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“Tonight, people here and around the country have spoken," he said.

Mr. Starmer was beaming as he arrived at the count, posing for selfies and taking his time to work his way through supporters and activists.

"The change begins right here because this is your democracy, your community, your future," he said. "You have voted. It's now time for us to deliver." Mr. Starmer thanked all those involved in the count and his fellow candidates.

He said the heart of our democracy beats not in Westminster or Whitehall, but in town halls, community centres and in the hands of people who hold the vote.

"Change begins in this community with the people who came together to make life better," he said.

He thanked his wife and family for keeping him 'grounded' He said it is a "huge privilege" to be re-elected to serve Holborn and St Pancras.

It is "my home, where my kids have grown up, where my wife was born," he says of the area.

He won with 18,884 votes — with pro-Palestinian activist, independent Andrew Feinstein, in second place. Mr. Starmer's majority, however, was down significantly from 22,766 in 2019, to 11,572.

Two Conservative Cabinet ministers have lost their seats just seconds apart, as the scale of the Tories’ misery increases on a devastating election night.

In the highest-profile Conservative loss so far, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps lost his seat to Labour. Justice Secretary Alex Chalk lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage became an MP for the first time, winning from Clacton.

Suella Braverman, an outspoken figure on the Conservative Party’s right and a potential future party leader, won her seat.

But she issued a blunt apology and critique of what she said was the party’s failure to listen to its supporters.

“I’m sorry my party didn’t listen to you,” Braverman, who is of Indian heritage with a Goan-origin father and Tamil-origin mother,  said.

“The Conservative Party has let you down," the former home secretary said.

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