U.K. General Election 2024 highlights: Labour Party set for landslide victory; leading with early wins

Britain’s Labour Party was headed for a landslide victory in a parliamentary election, according to an exit poll, as voters punished the governing Conservatives after 14 years of economic and political upheaval.

Updated - July 05, 2024 09:22 am IST

Published - July 04, 2024 10:00 am IST

Britain’s main opposition Labour party looks set for a landslide election win, exit polls indicated on Thursday, with Keir Starmer replacing Rishi Sunak as prime minister, ending 14 years of Conservative rule.

Britain’s main opposition Labour party looks set for a landslide election win, exit polls indicated on Thursday, with Keir Starmer replacing Rishi Sunak as prime minister, ending 14 years of Conservative rule. | Photo Credit: AP

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Britain’s main opposition Labour party was set for a landslide election win, exit polls indicated on July 4, with Keir Starmer replacing Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister, ending 14 years of Conservative rule.

The survey for U.K. broadcasters suggested centre-left Labour would win 410 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, with the right-wing Tories managing only 131 -- a record low. In another boost for the centrists, the smaller opposition Liberal Democrats would get 61 seats, ousting the Scottish National Party on 10 as the third biggest party.

The poll released moments after voting closed indicated that center-left Labour’s leader Keir Starmer will be the country’s next prime minister. He will face a jaded electorate impatient for change against a gloomy backdrop of economic malaise, mounting distrust in institutions and a fraying social fabric.

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As thousands of electoral staff tallied millions of ballot papers at counting centers across the country, the Conservatives absorbed the shock of a historic defeat that will leave the depleted party in disarray and likely spark a contest to replace Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as leader.

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U.K. election results 2024: Interactive map

U.K. election results 2024: Interactive map

Britain’s main opposition Labour party looks set for a landslide election win, exit polls indicated, with Keir Starmer replacing Rishi Sunak as prime minister, ending 14 years of Conservative rule.

  • July 05, 2024 08:37
    Left-wing champion Corbyn defeats Labour

    Veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn won his parliamentary seat, beating the candidate of the Labour Party he used to lead and promising to be a thorn in the side of Keir Starmer’s incoming government after an acrimonious falling out with his successor.

    Mr. Corbyn resigned as Labour leader in 2019 after the party suffered its worst election defeat since 1935, and Mr. Starmer threw him out of the parliamentary party less than a year later, accusing him of undermining efforts to tackle anti-Semitism. - Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 08:23
    Nigel Farage wins seat in U.K. parliament

    Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing Reform U.K. party, won a seat in the British parliament for the first time in the seaside English town of Clacton-on-Sea, as voters deserted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party.

    Mr. Farage, whose career of anti-immigration, pro-Brexit campaigning has made him one of Britain’s most recognisable and divisive political figures, comfortably beat the Conservative candidate Giles Watling who had previously held the seat.

    His surprise entry into the election a month ago, having initially ruled out standing, boosted support for Reform UK across the country. That helped scupper Mr. Sunak’s hopes of closing the gap on the centre-left Labour Party, which is on course for a huge national victory. - Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 08:07
    Defence Secretary Grant Shapps loses

    Grant Shapps, the U.K.’s defence secretary for nearly a year, lost his seat as a Conservative MP in general election results, the Conservatives’ highest-profile casualty so far.

    Mr. Shapps, an MP since 2005, lost to a rival Labour candidate, with the opposition party on course to secure a landslide victory and the ruling Tories predicted to suffer a historic defeat. - AFP

  • July 05, 2024 07:51
    This is your democracy: Keir Starmer

    “The change begins right here, because this is your democracy, your community and your future. You have voted. It is now time for us to deliver,” Labour Party leader said, after being re-elected to his seat. - AFP

  • July 05, 2024 07:41
    U.K. Labour leader Keir Starmer re-elected as MP

    Labour Party leader Keir Starmer was re-elected as MP as he won his seat in Holborn and St Pancras.

    UK is ‘ready for change’,Mr. Starmer said after the win. - AFP

  • July 05, 2024 07:35
    Liberal Democrats gain Chelmsford
  • July 05, 2024 07:16
    Labour gains Kilmarnock and Loudoun from the SNP
  • July 05, 2024 06:56
    Labour Party wins Hartlepool
  • July 05, 2024 06:53
    Labour win in Tynemouth and Widness
  • July 05, 2024 06:18
    Sir Robert Buckland loses Swindon South to Labour

    Labour Party wrested one constituency from former Conservative justice secretary Robert Buckland. It added that this is the first seat Labour has wrested away from the Tories. Unlike 2019, when Conservatives had won the seat by over 6,000 votes, Labour Party’s Heidi Alexander has won the contest this time.

  • July 05, 2024 06:09
    UK’s Farage claims establishment ‘revolt’
  • July 05, 2024 05:16
    Farage’s Reform breaks through in U.K. election

    Reform U.K., the right-wing populist party led by Nigel Farage, looks set to emerge as a new force in British politics, with an election exit poll on Thursday predicting it would win 13 seats, and early results showing it was squeezing the Conservative vote. 

    Farage, a driving force behind Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, only entered the election race last month, a move that caused shockwaves in a Conservative Party that was already far adrift of centre-left Labour.

    In the first three results to be declared, Labour won comfortably, with Reform finishing in second place and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives pushed into third.

  • July 05, 2024 05:10
    Labour win their second seat

    The results for the second constituency indicate Labour Party has won its second seat in Blyth and Ashington in Northumberland. Labour Party’s Ian Lavery has secured the win and defeated Conservative, Reform UK and other competitors from the constituency.- Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 04:47
    What will UK foreign policy look like under Labour?

    The first month of a Keir Starmer premiership will be a whirlwind of international diplomacy including meetings with US President Joe Biden and European leaders. 

    His first steps on the world stage will be just days away, at the NATO 75th anniversary summit being held in Washington next Tuesday to Thursday.

    Starmer will then play host at Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, in central England, on July 18, at a European Political Community meeting, with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Olaf Scholz expected.

    Labour, out of power since 2010, has pledged a foreign policy of “progressive realism”, seeing a more volatile world “as it is not as we would want it to be”, said David Lammy, who is expected to become foreign secretary.

    The party has also pledged to “make Brexit work” and seek “an ambitious” security pact with the the European Union.- AFP

  • July 05, 2024 04:44
    UK’s Labour wins first electoral seat to declare, Reform UK in second

    Britain’s Labour Party won the first parliamentary constituency to declare in the election on Thursday, beating the Reform UK candidate into second place in the Houghton and Sunderland South seat in northern England. 

  • July 05, 2024 03:45
    As voting concludes, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer thanks supporters
  • July 05, 2024 03:34
    Exit polls says Scottish National Party set for worst UK election showing since 2010

    The Scottish National Party was set for its worst showing at a British parliamentary election since 2010, an exit poll said on Thursday, projecting it would win just 10 seats amid a predicted resurgence for the Labour Party in its traditional heartlands.The SNP, which held 43 seats before the election was called, has suffered from a period of turmoil that has seen two leaders quit in little over a year, a police investigation into the party’s finances and splits on a range of policies including its attempts to secure a second referendum on independence.

    Former leader Nicola Sturgeon said the exit poll was at the “grimmer end of expectations” for her party, but said she expected it would be proved broadly correct.- Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 03:26
    Keir Starmer: lawyer set to take U.K.’s Labour back to power

    UK Labour leader Keir Starmer is an ex-human rights lawyer and public prosecutor who will have to focus his relentless work ethic and methodical mind to fixing the country.If exit polls are confirmed, at 61, Starmer will be the oldest person to become British prime minister in almost half a century -- and comes just nine years since he was first elected to parliament.

    The married father-of-two is unlike most modern politicians: he had a long and distinguished career before becoming an MP and his views are rooted in pragmatism rather than ideology.- AFP

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  • July 05, 2024 02:59
    Pound steady after Labour set to win big in U.K. election

    Britain’s pound was steady on Thursday, after an exit poll indicated Keir Starmer’s opposition Labour party was on track to win a massive majority in a general election. 

    Sterling was trading around $1.276, up 0.1% on the day, showing little change on levels seen before the exit polls. The pound was also broadly unchanged against the euro , which was flat at 84.71 pence.

    “Labour has marginally underperformed versus some of the latest polls but nonetheless have a huge majority. If you had offered them this result 6 months ago – they would have bitten your hand off,” said Mizuho senior economist Colin Asher.

    “Unsurprisingly, sterling was almost unmoved by the exit poll.” -Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 02:57
    UK votes in national election to choose its next government

    Voters in the U.K. have cast their ballots in a national election to choose the 650 lawmakers who will sit in Parliament for the next five years. Results from Britain’s exit poll suggest that the governing Conservatives are set to have their seats in the 650-seat House of Commons cut down to 131 — the Tories’ worst result in the party’s two-century history and one that would leave the party in disarray. 

    The exit poll also forecasts the left-of-center Liberal Democrats will take 61 seats, and Nigel Farage’s right-wing, anti-immigration Reform UK, which currently does not have any seats, is set to take 13 seats. The Green Party is expected to take 2.

    The Scottish National Party, SNP, are expected to secure 10 seats. As polls close across the U.K., an exit poll suggests the Labour Party is headed for a huge majority in Britain’s election. -AP

  • July 05, 2024 02:39
    Labour to win massive election majority, exit poll shows

    Keir Starmer will be Britain’s next prime minister with his Labour Party set to win a massive majority in a parliamentary election, an exit poll on Thursday indicated, while Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives are forecast to suffer historic losses.

    The poll showed Labour would win 410 seats in the 650-seat parliament, ending 14 years of Conservative-led government.

    Sunak’s party were forecast to only take 131 seats, down from 346 when parliament was dissolved, as voters punish the Conservatives for a cost-of-living crisis and years of instability and in-fighting which has seen five different prime ministers since 2016.- Reuters

  • July 05, 2024 00:51
    How turnout will influence the outcome

    One of the significant unknowns in Thursday’s U.K election is how turnout will influence the outcome. The number of people who voted won’t be known until after polls close. 

    The U.K. has 67 million residents and 46 million were registered to vote in the last general election in 2019. Turnout at that time was 67%.

    In local elections in May when Conservatives suffered heavy losses in council seats and mayoral offices, turnout averaged 30%, the Institute for Government, an independent think tank, reported.

    Conservatives expressed optimism that reports of high turnout Thursday could help them overcome polls that have suggested a widespread Labour victory.

    With a double-digit lead in the polls, Labour fears supporters will be complacent and won’t vote. They’ve urged their supporters to go to the polls.- AP

  • July 04, 2024 22:02
    England’s team base at Euro 2024 is a ‘politics-free zone’

    England’s team base at the European Championship soccer tournament in Germany is a “politics-free zone” on election day, defender John Stones says.

    Stones said he had no clue about his teammates’ voting intentions.

    “I couldn’t tell you about the other lads. I’m sure it it’ll be something that’ll get brought up tonight, later on, but I couldn’t tell you who they vote for. They keep it close to their chests,” he said.

    That’s a stark contrast to France’s players, who have been vocal about a hard-fought parliamentary election campaign at home.

    England is preparing for its Euro 2024 quarterfinal match against Switzerland on Saturday.

    -AP

  • July 04, 2024 21:47
    Stop the Labour supermajority: Rishi Sunak
  • July 04, 2024 21:31
    Indian community says Labour will win, but praises Rishi Sunak’s performance

    As the voting for snap general elections began on Thursday, the Indian community in the United Kingdom expressed confidence that the Labour Party would end the nearly 15-year stint of the Conservatives.

    “I think if the current political trends are anything to go about and if they continue till the end of the polling day, I think Labour should come back with a resounding victory,” a UK resident said.

    “What is going to happen is that they (Conservatives) are going to lose. There are some reasons for that as well. There has been a mess...they have changed so many prime ministers and the services are in a mess. The National Health Service (NHS) is in a mess and other things are in a mess. So I personally believe that Labour should come back with a victory,” he added.

    Expressing support for the incumbent Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the UK resident said that he is a good PM. He said that the Conservative Party will lose due to problems created by previous leaders, not because of the current Prime Minister’s performance.

    “He (Rishi Sunak) is a good prime minister. Unfortunately, if the Conservatives lose, which sounds sure, it’s not because of him. It’s because of the mess that the others made. Because he is a very good Prime Minister, he didn’t have enough time as well, because when he came as Prime Minister, there was only a year or something left for the next elections as well. So I would personally love to see him as the Prime Minister,” he told ANI.

    -ANI

  • July 04, 2024 20:36
    As millions vote in UK polls, future of PM Rishi Sunak and his party hangs in balance

    The future of Rishi Sunak as Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian origin and the leader of the Conservative Party – fighting anti-incumbency of 14 years – hangs in the balance as millions cast their ballots in a historic general election on Thursday.

    Mr. Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty walked hand-in-hand to their local polling booth on a sunny day in his constituency of Richmond and Northallerton in Yorkshire, northern England.

    A little later, Mr. Starmer and wife Victoria were at their polling station in Camden, north London, sporting Labour red colours.

    “Today, Britain can begin a new chapter,” Mr. Starmer told voters in a statement.

    “We cannot afford five more years under the Conservatives. But change will only happen if you vote Labour,” he said.

    Mr. Sunak, meanwhile, took to social media to drive home his message: “Polls are open. It’s time to stop the Labour supermajority that would mean higher taxes for the rest of your life.” Mr. Sunak, 44, is up against voter angst towards the incumbent Tories after 14 years in power and has had to contend with trailing far behind 61-year-old Keir Starmer-led Labour Party throughout the six-week campaign.

    -PTI

  • July 04, 2024 19:55
    Political debates silenced for polling day

    The U.K. is voting in a landmark general election on Thursday, with an estimated 46 million registered voters set to make their ballot count at 40,000 polling stations across the country where any discussion or analysis of political issues remains silenced on the polling day.

    On polling day, the U.K.’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) media watchdog rules mean all political and policy debates should be wrapped up before 7 am local time when the polling booths open. From then on, any discussion or analysis of political issues is silenced until 10 pm local time, when the customary election night exit poll results are beamed around the world.

    “Discussion and analysis of election and referendum issues must finish when the poll opens,” reads the Ofcom guidelines under Section 6 of its code.

    “Broadcasters may not publish the results of any opinion poll on polling day itself until the election or referendum poll closes,” it adds.

    The rules are intended to prevent any influence over how people choose to vote on election day, though many would have already made their choice through a postal ballot.

    -PTI

  • July 04, 2024 19:02
    Keir Starmer: The human rights lawyer turned Labour Leader

    Keir Starmer, the human rights barrister turned Labour Party Leader, has made it a manifesto pledge to pursue a “new strategic partnership” with India, including an FTA, if handed a mandate to form a Labour-led government in Thursday’s general election.

    Sir Keir, who was knighted by the late Queen Elizabeth II for his services to law and criminal justice, spent much of his career in the legal profession before stepping into the world of politics, first elected as Labour’s member of Parliament from London in 2015.

    The 61-year-old father of two teenage kids, who he and his National Health Service (NHS) employee wife Victoria have chosen to keep out of the political spotlight, has been credited with reversing the party’s fortunes from one of its worst poll performances in the 2019 general election to the edge of government.

    The other turnaround Starmer worked on was to try and re-build Labour’s connect with the Indian diaspora, alienated under former leader Jeremy Corbyn over a perceived anti-India stance on Kashmir.

    This approach has been entrenched in the party’s 2024 election manifesto, which commits to seeking a “new strategic partnership with India, including a free trade agreement, as well as deepening cooperation in areas like security, education, technology and climate change”.

    -PTI

  • July 04, 2024 18:51
    U.K. election brings few hopes or fears to cautious City of London

    The U.K. financial sector is warming to Labour’s pro-business overtures and pledges to provide stability and support, but many in the City remain wary it could be targeted to prop up Britain’s stretched public finances further down the line.

    Under leader Keir Starmer, the Labour Party - expected to win Thursday’s U.K. election - has assiduously courted the City of London, mindful that his plans for boosting economic growth will need a big dose of private capital.

    “The most important change is that there has been a big shift in mindset by Labour towards the City in the past few years,” William Wright, managing director of think-tank New Financial told Reuters.

    “That is reflected in a strong sense of continuity in the reforms to capital markets and pensions underway,” Wright said.

    But there is also speculation about changes to how capital gains and wealth are taxed, as well as Reeves’ plans to change the way private equity is taxed, which would likely hit hard.

    Michael Moore, chief executive of BVCA, a private equity industry body, said Labour was, however, showing willingness to back up its “pro-business mood music with engagement on substance”.

    -Reuters

  • July 04, 2024 18:48
    London stocks, pound climb as Britons head to polls

    London’s stock market and the pound advanced versus the dollar Thursday as Britons voted in a general election expected to be won by the centre-left and main opposition Labour party.

    Eurozone stocks also pushed higher amid political manoeuvring to try and block the far-right National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen from gaining power in France’s legislative poll on Sunday.

    Gains were capped with Wall Street shut for the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the United States.

    In Britain, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s right-wing Conservatives are forecast to suffer a heavy defeat, which would end 14 years of Tory rule.

    “Today’s UK election looks unlikely to cause too many shockwaves given just how resounding the Labour party victory is expected to be, with markets feeling optimistic over the potential change at Downing Street,” said Scope Markets analyst Joshua Mahony.

    -AFP

  • July 04, 2024 18:24
    Cost of living could trump pride in Rishi Sunak for British Indian voters

    The UK’s historic general election on Thursday marks the first real test at the ballot box for Rishi Sunak when pride in Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian heritage might be trumped by the cost-of-living crisis and sheer fatigue with 14 long years of a Conservative Party-led government.

    Exactly how the votes stack up will start to unfold only once polling closes but YouGov’s final large-scale poll for ‘The Times’ on the eve of the election suggests the Opposition Labour could be handed a so-called “supermajority” – indicating a 212-seat parliamentary majority and the highest in decades.

    But whatever the final outcome, this pattern is more a reflection of the political turmoil that ultimately brought Sunak into 10 Downing Street than a vote against his own leadership.

    “I think for British Indian voters, in particular, this election is similar to the rest of the electorate; they’ve been given a chance to choose to keep or remove the government and after 14 years of a Conservative government, the mood is much more for change than for maintaining it,” reflected Sunder Katwala, Director of the British Future think tank.

    -PTI

  • July 04, 2024 18:17
    Voters asked to bring ID for the first time in a general election

    All voters in the U.K. were required to bring identification with them Thursday for the first time in a general election.

    A change in the law has required voters in England, Scotland and Wales to prove their identity since 2023 by showing a passport, drivers’ license and more than a dozen other acceptable forms of ID.

    Voters in Northern Ireland have had to show identification since 1985, and photo ID since 2003.

    The Elections Act introduced by former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2022 was enforced, ironically, earlier this year when Mr. Johnson tried to vote without ID in a local election in South Oxfordshire.

    He was turned away, but returned later with his identification and cast his vote.

    -AP

  • July 04, 2024 17:55
    Scottish National Party leader John Swinney casts his vote

    Scottish National Party leader John Swinney has voted as his party fights to hold off a wave of support from the rival Labour Party.

    Mr. Swinney, who became the SNP’s third leader in just over a year in May, has tried to bring stability to a party in turmoil.

    Scotland’s long-serving First Minister Nicola Sturgeon abruptly stepped down last year during a campaign finance investigation that eventually led to criminal charges against her husband, who was the party’s chief executive.

    Mr. Swinney joined the party at 15 years old, and previously led the party from 2000 to 2004.

    Mr. Swinney has said that if his party wins a majority of seats in Scotland he will try to open Scottish independence negotiations with the London-based U.K. government. He wants to rejoin the European Union and the European single market.

    Mr. Swinney walked to the polls in Burrelton Village Hall, Perthshire, with his 13-year-old son Matthew.

    -AP

    Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) John Swinney walks outside a polling station during the general election in Burrelton, Scotland, Britain, July 4, 2024. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

  • July 04, 2024 17:47
    No plans to raise taxes: Rishi Sunak
  • July 04, 2024 17:41
    Voting begins in U.K. elections

  • July 04, 2024 17:32
    Keir Starmer votes in U.K. elections

    Labour Party leader Keir Starmer voted Thursday in an election that is widely expected to return his party to power for the first time in 14 years and make him prime minister.

    Mr. Starmer, who has warned his supporters not to take the election for granted despite polls and politicians predicting a landslide, voted in his London neighborhood.

    Pollsters have given Labour a double-digit lead since before the campaign began six weeks ago.

    Mr. Starmer has spent his time criss-crossing Britain and urging voters to vote for change.

    He has pledged to revive a sluggish economy, invest in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and repair the broken National Health Service, which his center-left party founded in 1945.

    -AP

    Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer walk outside a polling station during the general election in London, Britain, July 4, 2024. REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska

  • July 04, 2024 17:17
    Jeremy Corbyn, running for re-election as an independent, votes

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is running for re-election as an independent, posted a photo of himself voting Thursday in his North London district.

    Corbyn, a socialist who has won his seat for Labour at every general election since 1983, was suspended from the party and barred from running by Labour after his leadership faced antisemitism allegations.

    He became deeply unpopular after Labour in 2019 suffered its worst defeat since 1935.

    Keir Starmer was chosen as leader to replace Corbyn and he has rebuilt it and moved it closer to the center. Pollsters and politicians expect Labour to win the largest number of seats.

    Corbyn posted a photo of himself on the social media platform X with his right thumb up, saying: “Just voted for the independent candidate in Islington North. I heard he’s alright.”

    -AP

  • July 04, 2024 17:02
    Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey votes

    Britain's LibDem party leader Ed Davey and his wife Emily Davey leave the polling station after they casting their votes in Kingston, London, Thursday, July 4, 2024. Britain goes to the polls Thursday after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey voted Thursday in an election that could see his left-of-center party gain a larger share of seats in Parliament.

    Mr. Davey’s Lib Dems have been trying to make inroads in areas of southern England where Conservatives are vulnerable as their party has plunged in popularity after 14 years in power.

    Mr. Davey’s stunt-filled campaign has been a publicity bonanza. He has tumbled off a paddleboard into a lake, braved roller coaster rides and bungee jumped, urging voters to take “a leap of faith.”

    The party had 15 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons when Parliament was dissolved in May.

    The party has vowed to improve Britain’s ailing health and social care systems, including introducing free nursing care at home. It wants to lower voting age to 16 and rejoin the European Union’s single market. Mr. Davey has championed the cause of hold water companies accountable for dumping sewage in rivers.

    Mr. Davey, first elected to Parliament in 1997, greeted members of the news media as he arrived with his wife, Emily, to vote at a Methodist church in Surbiton, a suburb in southwest London.

    “It’s a beautiful day,” he said as he left the polls. “I hope lots of people come out to vote.”

    -AP

  • July 04, 2024 16:37
    U.K. PM Rishi Sunak urges people to vote for Conservative Party, stop Labour supermajority

    As polling began in the United Kingdom on Thursday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called on people to vote for the Conservative Party and stop the supermajority of the Labour Party, which he stressed would result in higher taxes for a generation.

    Mr. Sunak also shared a picture of himself with his wife Akshata Murty from outside a polling station.

    Taking to X, Mr. Sunak said, “The polls are open. Vote Conservative to stop the Labour supermajority which would mean higher taxes for a generation.”

  • July 04, 2024 16:12
    Labour is hopeful and Conservatives morose as voters deliver their verdict on UK’s election day

    British voters are picking a new government Thursday in a parliamentary election that is widely expected to bring the Labour Party to power against a gloomy backdrop of economic malaise, mounting distrust in institutions and a fraying social fabric.

    A jaded electorate is delivering its verdict on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010. Polls opened at 40,000 polling stations in a vast variety of locales including church halls, a laundromat and a crematorium.

    Hundreds of communities are locked in tight contests in which traditional party loyalties come second to more immediate concerns about the economy, crumbling infrastructure and the National Health Service.

    - AP

  • July 04, 2024 15:05
    Faced with prospect of defeat, Rishi Sunak says he is ‘fighting hard for every vote’

    As the last full day of campaigning dawned, the U.K.’s Conservative Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, faced with the prospect of a crushing defeat at the hands of the opposition Labour Party , said he was still “fighting hard for every vote”.

    Earlier in the day, one of his Cabinet colleagues, Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride, had told the BBC that the Conservatives should focus on the kind of opposition party they would become, with Labour on its way to getting the “largest majority that this country has ever seen”. On July 2, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman had said the election was “over”.

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  • July 04, 2024 13:48
    ‘The Labour Party may have more freedom than the Sunak government, to talk about a trade deal with India , including visas’ : U.K. Political Scientist

    ‘The Labour Party may have more freedom than the Sunak government, to talk about a trade deal with India , including visas’ : U.K. Political Scientist

    India-UK news: Anand Menon, while in conversation with The Hindu, discusses the outcomes of the U.K. elections, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s political future, and more. Read the full interview on The Hindu

  • July 04, 2024 13:19
    U.K. elections 2024: Eric Sukumaran, a Tory candidate with ties to Kerala

    U.K.’s migration policy has to change to match the times: Tory candidate Eric Sukumaran

    Eric Sukumaran is the Conservative Party candidate for the Southgate and Wood Green parliamentary constituency in London. He is the U.K.-born son of immigrants from Kerala. Mr. Sukumaran spent holidays, over three decades, in Kerala, and speaks Malayalam.

  • July 04, 2024 12:23
    Rishi Sunak’s performance has been disappointing: Rajesh Agarwal

    Rishi Sunak’s performance has been disappointing: Rajesh Agarwal

    Rajesh Agrawal, former Deputy Mayor of London for Business, is the Labour Party’s candidate for Leicester East, a constituency in the East Midlands.

  • July 04, 2024 11:56
    U.K.’s migration policy has to change to match the times: Tory candidate Eric Sukumaran

    U.K.’s migration policy has to change to match the times: Tory candidate Eric Sukumaran

    Eric Sukumaran is the Conservative Party candidate for the Southgate and Wood Green parliamentary constituency in London. He is the U.K.-born son of immigrants from Kerala. Mr. Sukumaran spent holidays, over three decades, in Kerala, and speaks Malayalam.

  • July 04, 2024 11:46
    Polls open in U.K. general election

    Polls opened in the U.K.’s general election, with the opposition Labour party the heavy favourite to gain power and end 14 years of Conservative rule.

    Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. (local time) and will close at 10:00 p.m. (local time), when exit polls will give a strong indication of the final result. - AFP

  • July 04, 2024 11:19
    Labour is hopeful and Conservatives morose before voters deliver their verdict

    British voters are picking a new government today, voting in a parliamentary election that is widely expected to bring the Labour Party to power against a gloomy backdrop of economic malaise, mounting distrust in institutions and a fraying social fabric.

    A jaded electorate is delivering its verdict on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party, which has been in power since 2010.

    The center-left Labour Party led by Keir Starmer has had a steady and significant lead in opinion polls for months, but its leaders have warned against taking the election result for granted, worried their supporters will stay home.

    “We cannot afford five more years under the Conservatives. But change will only happen if you vote Labour,” Mr. Starmer said on Wednesday night.

    The Conservatives have conceded that Labour appears headed for victory and urged voters not to hand the party a “supermajority.” - AP

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    What is the MRP method of modelling opinion polls? | Explained

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  • July 04, 2024 10:03
    U.K. election set to deliver more diverse Parliament, high number of British Indian MPs

    The U.K. general election is expected to deliver the most diverse Parliament in the country’s history, including in the number of parliamentarians of Indian heritage likely to be elected from across the nation.

    According to an analysis by the British Future think tank, the Labour Party is set to have by far the largest number of ethnic minority MPs if the party wins an overall majority and even more in a landslide scenario.

    With around 14% of MPs coming from an ethnic minority background this time, the analysis finds that the new Parliament will be closer than ever to reflecting the diversity of the British electorate.

    Click here to read more.

  • July 04, 2024 10:02
    U.K. to go to polls; future of PM Rishi Sunak hangs in balance

    The future of Rishi Sunak as Britain’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party hangs in the balance as the U.K. goes to the polls today.

    Around 46.5 million Britons are eligible to vote in the election. The electorate votes for members of Parliament across 650 constituencies – with 326 required for a majority in the first past the post system. - PTI

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