Jess Phillips booed by pro-Palestinian protesters during acceptance speech (2024)

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Thanks for joining us throughout the night Labour gains Poole with margin of 18 votes Macron ‘pleased’ with first discussion as he congratulates Starmer Labour MP admits party ‘clearly lost support’ in parts of country over position on Gaza Zelensky congratulates Starmer on ‘convincing’ victory Starmer to appoint entire cabinet today How the Muslim vote impacted Labour Labour landslide is biggest swing since the second world war Labour defeat in Bristol a ‘vote of confidence’, say Greens Labour gain Wycombe, ousting Steve Baker Watch: Jess Phillips booed by audience in Birmingham Labour defeats Liz Truss in Norfolk South West Labour gains Chelsea and Fulham Kinnock: People will feel results of Labour government in ‘a year or so’ Mark Harper loses seat to Labour Watch: Starmer offers his version of Blair’s ‘new dawn’ Labour beats candidate suspended over gambling allegations What do Telegraph readers think of Labour’s win? Starmer: Today we begin a ‘mission of national renewal’ ‘Country first, party second’ Starmer: The ‘sunlight of hope’ is shining this morning Labour wins general election Labour 14 seats away from majority Diane Abbott wins re-election Labour wins Margaret Thatcher’s old seat Veterans minister beaten by Labour in Plymouth Tory leadership hopeful Mordaunt ousted by Labour Watch: Starmer delivers first speech as prospective PM ‘It’s time for us to deliver’, says Sir Keir Starmer Labour shadow cabinet member loses seat Live: Conservatives set for worst result of modern era Picture: Starmer swarmed by supporters at constituency count Jeremy Corbyn wins back seat George Galloway loses seat after just four months Starmer: It’s time for us to deliver Starmer: Huge privilege to be re-elected Starmer re-elected Corbyn expected to keep seat after re-election battle Labour wins key bellwether seat ‘Less optimism’ for Labour compared to 1997 Galloway loses seat to Labour Labour takes Ken Clarke’s old seat Corbyn ‘retreats to quiet corner’ as count continues Starmer arrives for count in Holborn seat Starmer racks up early wins amid landslide predictions Reeves: I am up for the challenge as Chancellor Labour win Gateshead Central - as Reform pushes into second Reeves: ‘Responsibility and privilege’ if I am appointed chancellor Labour takes another seat - but vote share drops How does Starmer’s landslide compare to Blair’s? Kinnock: This is the greatest comeback since Lazarus Reports: Corbyn may have held onto seat Buckland pays tribute to Labour rival Balls: Reform could take Labour seats Mandelson: Reform home to ‘extremely unpleasant people’ Labour slays its first Tory ‘big beast’ Labour wins Sunderland Central Some bad news for Labour amid landslide forecast How accurate are exit polls? How many scalps will Labour claim? Labour win second declared seat ‘Exit poll looks too good to be true’ Starmer predicted to fall short of Blair’s 1997 victory Phillipson: Best days lie ahead of us Shadow education secretary wins first declared seat Kinnock: Labour has not won over Reform voters Pictured: Rayner whips out umbrella during ITV interview ‘I will be foreign secretary’, says Lammy Lammy: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves Conservatives ‘took votes for granted’, Rayner suggests Rayner: I’m not counting my chickens Exit poll: Labour to win majority of 170 Exit poll just minutes away Welcome

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Labour gains Poole with margin of 18 votes

Labour candidate Neil Duncan-Jordan has defeated the Conservatives in Poole by just 18 votes.

Labour’s 14,168 votes narrowly overcame Tory candidate Sir Robert Syms total of 14,150 with three more constituencies left to declare.

Macron ‘pleased’ with first discussion as he congratulates Starmer

Emmanuel Macron, the French President,has congratulated Sir Keir Starmer and said he was “pleased with our first discussion”.

“We will continue the work begun with the UK for our bilateral co-operation, for peace and security in Europe, for the climate and for AI,” the French leader added.

Congratulations Sir @Keir_Starmer on your victory. Pleased with our first discussion.

We will continue the work begun with the UK for our bilateral cooperation, for peace and security in Europe, for the climate and for AI.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 5, 2024

Labour MP admits party ‘clearly lost support’ in parts of country over position on Gaza

Zarah Sultana, the Labour MP for Coventry South has said the Labour party “has clearly lost support in parts of the country because of its position on Gaza” and added that “we’ve heard concerns about the Labour Party when it comes to Gaza and it’s no surprise”.

Ms Sultana told BBC’s Today programme that polling has shown the public “overwhelmingly back a ceasefire” and support a ban on arms sales.

She added: “The party was out of touch. On the one hand we’re saying we need to listen to voters, but when it comes to this particular issue there was a hope that this problem would just go away and it hasn’t.

“The party has to seriously recognise and acknowledge the issue, which is not just with British Muslim communities, it’s across communities, but it definitely is a serious issue, as well the Islamophobia that people experience - which also exists within the Labour Party.”

Ms Sultana, who was re-elected in her constituency earlier today, said the party has “moved in the right direction” by calling for a ceasefire but said it took “a long time to get there”.

Zelensky congratulates Starmer on ‘convincing’ victory

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he looks forward to “strengthening the Ukraine-UK partnership” with Sir Keir Starmer as he congratulated the incoming prime minister on his “convincing” election win.

Congratulations to @Keir_Starmer and @UKLabour on their convincing election victory.

Ukraine and the United Kingdom have been and will continue to be reliable allies through thick and thin. We will continue to defend and advance our common values of life, freedom, and a…

— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) July 5, 2024

Starmer to appoint entire cabinet today

Sir Keir Starmer is expected to appoint his whole Cabinet on Friday, Labour’s national campaign chief has said.

Pat McFadden told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Keir Starmer will get on with appointing his Cabinet, which we expect to be done by the end of today.

“Certainly the whole Cabinet. That Cabinet will meet tomorrow. And he will have to quickly allocate those responsibilities, give his new Cabinet their marching orders and then there’s big international events coming.

“We have a Nato summit next week. That will be his first moment on the international stage. And while he’s doing that, he will want his new Cabinet to get on with it pretty quickly.”

He added: “Setting up new bodies is a faster thing than sometimes the recruitment of more police officers - that might take a little longer.”

How the Muslim vote impacted Labour

Labour had deployed activists in seats with large Muslim populations in an attempt to stave off challenges by pro-Palestine candidates.

The party told volunteers to stay and campaign in 23 seats where Muslims made up more than 10 per cent of the population. Here, the Telegraph breaks down how the Labour vote share was changed in these constituencies.

Labour landslide is biggest swing since the second world war

Labour defeat in Bristol a ‘vote of confidence’, say Greens

Carla Denyer, the Green Party co-leader, said it was a “vote of confidence” to have defeated Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire in Bristol Central.

She told the BBC’s Today programme: “It feels wonderful to have this vote of confidence from the people of Bristol Central and all over the country.

“We had a target in this election of going from one MP to four MPs, quadrupling our representation in the House of Commons. And we’ve achieved that.”

She said the “benefit of getting a handful of Green MPs elected is that we can hold” Labour to account.

“We will push them to be braver on the areas where we don’t think they’re going far enough. For example, in housing.”

Labour gain Wycombe, ousting Steve Baker

Steve Baker, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, has lost Wycombe to Labour candidate Emma Reynolds.

With 632 constituency results declared, Labour has now won 408 seats with a 34.2% share of the vote.

Mr Baker said “thank God I’m a free man” after he was ousted from his seat.

The self-styled “Brexit hardman”, who had signalled his intention to launch a Tory leadership bid after the election, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I fought this to win it and I wanted to do my duty and continue. But I am today, thank God, a free man.

“Try being elected to Parliament and you’ll understand. I am able now to resume my life and that is going to be a great blessing to me.

“So I’m afraid I will be honest with the public. Thank God I’m a free man.”

Watch: Jess Phillips booed by audience in Birmingham

Labour’s Jess Phillips was booed and jeered by the audience as she managed to narrowly hold onto her seat in Birmingham Yardley, scraping 11,275 votes compared to the 10,582 won by Workers Party candidate Jody McIntyre.

Labour defeats Liz Truss in Norfolk South West

Liz Truss, the former prime minister, has lost her Norfolk South West seat to Labour.

The Labour candidate, Terry Jermy, secured 11,847 votes and the former Prime Minister came in close behind with 11,217. Reform came third with 9,858.

It had been a long night for the Tories in Kings Lynn, with no result and no sign of Ms Truss eight and a half hours after polling closed. The other candidates waited for ten minutes on stage in tense anticipation before Ms Truss quietly slipped into the room at 6:45am, seconds before the declaration was made.

Labour gains Chelsea and Fulham

Greg Hands, the Tory business and trade minister, has lost Chelsea and Fulham to Labour.

Ben Coleman will become the constituency’s new Labour MP.

Kinnock: People will feel results of Labour government in ‘a year or so’

Neil Kinnock, the former Labour party leader, has said that it would take “a year or so” before people feel the results of a Labour government.

Speaking after the crowds of Labour staff had left, and camera crews were de-rigging, he said: “I do realise what a gigantic set of demands face this new Labour government.

“We’ve got crises in every single public service, no exception to that, after years of under-investment, neglect, and, indeed, deliberate suppression and corrosion. So we face that in an under-performing economy.

“But I’m absolutely certain the utter priority that Keir and his government will give to public and private investment as a means of stimulating growth and securing improvement in every aspect of life, from the environment to our defence security.”

Mr Kinnock added: “It won’t be fast, can’t be quick, because of the state of affairs, everybody understands that, but it will be continual, it will be very positive, and it will be cumulative. A year or so in people will start to see it.”

Mark Harper loses seat to Labour

Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, has been defeated by Labour in the Forest of Dean.

Watch: Starmer offers his version of Blair’s ‘new dawn’

Labour beats candidate suspended over gambling allegations

Labour has unseated Rishi Sunak’s parliamentary aide after he was entangled in the betting scandal.

Steve Witherden won Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr with 12,709 votes, while Craig Williams placed third to Reform on 7,775 votes.

Mr Williams admitted he had a “flutter” on the election date and was suspended by the Conservatives. He denies any wrongdoing.

The Gambling Commission is investigating as many as 15 Tories for placing bets on the election under a section of the gambling Act intended to prevent cheating, while police are investigating a “small number” of cases.

Mr Sunak said he was “furious” about the allegations and has repeatedly refused to say whether he confided the date of the general election to Mr Williams, his parliamentary secretary.

What do Telegraph readers think of Labour’s win?

Starmer: Today we begin a ‘mission of national renewal’

Sir Keir Starmer concluded: “We said we would end the chaos - and we will. We said we would turn the page - and we have.

“Today we start the next chapter, begin the work of change, the mission of national renewal, and start to rebuild our country.”

‘Country first, party second’

Sir Keir Starmer said there was a “heavy responsibility” that came with Labour’s election victory.

“Country first, party second,” he said in his victory speech. “That is the responsibility of this mandate.”

He said the “British people voted to turn the page after 14 years” - and said the election result only happened because of how he had changed the Labour party.

“Don’t pretend there was anything inevitable about that [the result],” he said. “Election victories don’t fall from the sky, they’re hard won and hard fought for.”

Starmer: The ‘sunlight of hope’ is shining this morning

“We did it,” Sir Keir Starmer declared, to cheers from supporters, after broadcasters called the race for Labour.

“Change begins now. And it feels good I have to be honest - four and a half years of work changing the party, this is what it is for.

“A changed Labour party, ready to change our country, ready to restore Britain to the service of working people.

“And across our country, people will be waking up to the news, relieved that a weight has been lifted, a burden finally removed from the shoulders of this great country. And now we can look forward, walk into the morning.

“The sunlight of hope - pale at first, but getting stronger through the day, shining once again on a country with the opportunity after 14 years to get its future back

Labour wins general election

Labour has won the general election and secured a majority. It looks on course for a landslide victory as counting continues.

Labour 14 seats away from majority

Labour is now just 14 seats away from winning a majority. It looks certain to overshoot that benchmark in the hours ahead.

Diane Abbott wins re-election

Diane Abbott, the veteran Labour MP who had a high-profile spat with Sir Keir Starmer, has retained her seat of Hackney North and Stoke Newington with 24,355 votes.

Ms Abbott claimed she had been barred from fighting her constituency, which she has represented for 37 years, in May. Sir Keir eventually allowed her to stand as a Labour candidate following pressure from multiple figures in the party, including his deputy, Angela Rayner.

Labour wins Margaret Thatcher’s old seat

Labour have taken Margaret Thatcher’s old seat from the Conservatives, winning Finchley and Golders Green with 21,857 votes. Lady Thatcher represented the seat for 21 years in its previous iteration as Finchley.

Veterans minister beaten by Labour in Plymouth

Johnny Mercer, the veterans minister, has been defeated by Labour following a bad-tempered contest in Plymouth Moor View.

Tory leadership hopeful Mordaunt ousted by Labour

Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House, has been defeated by Labour in Portsmouth North. Ms Mordaunt took 13,715 votes to Amanda Martin’s 14,495.

Watch: Starmer delivers first speech as prospective PM

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‘It’s time for us to deliver’, says Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer declared “it is now time for us to deliver” in his first speech as a prospective prime minister.

The Labour leader, who is almost certain to form the next government, said voters were “ready for change” as he was re-elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras.

“I will speak out for you, have your back, fight your corner every single day,” he vowed.

“People around the country have spoken, they’re ready for change to end the politics of performance, a return to politics as public service. The change begins right here.”

Sir Keir concluded: “You have voted. It is now time for us to deliver.”

Labour looks to be on the cusp of winning a landslide victory not seen since the days of Sir Tony Blair, and has already won more than 100 seats of the 141 to have declared.

Labour shadow cabinet member loses seat

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow paymaster general, has lost his Leicestershire seat in a shock defeat for one of Sir Keir Starmer’s top team.

Live: Conservatives set for worst result of modern era

Jess Phillips booed by pro-Palestinian protesters during acceptance speech (2)

Picture: Starmer swarmed by supporters at constituency count

Jess Phillips booed by pro-Palestinian protesters during acceptance speech (3)

Jeremy Corbyn wins back seat

Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour leader who was expelled from the party this year, has won back Islington North as an independent candidate. He has represented the seat since 1983.

George Galloway loses seat after just four months

George Galloway has lost the seat he won from Labour in a by-election just four months ago.

The veteran politician, who appeared to anticipate his defeat and did not appear onstage for the count, took 11,508 votes in Rochdale, losing out to former journalist Paul Waugh on 13,047 votes.

Mr Galloway, a former Labour MP who was expelled in 2003, won a Rochdale by-election after exploiting the party’s divisions over the war in Gaza.

When he took the seat in March, the 69-year-old declared: “This is going to spark a movement, a landslide, a shifting of the tectonic plates in scores of Parliamentary constituencies.”

Starmer: It’s time for us to deliver

Sir Keir Starmer continued: “In this room, right here, beats the heart of our democracy. Not in Westminster, not in Whitehall, but intown halls and community centres, up and down the country.”

“Whether you voted for me or not I will serve every person in this constituency, the mothers I sat with who’ve lost children to knife crime, the pensioners who can’t get the doctors’ appointments they desperately need.

Sir Keir vowed: “I will speak out for you, have your back, fight your corner every single day.”

“People around the country have spoken, they’re ready for change to end the politics of performance, a return to politics as public service. The change begins right here.”

He concluded: “You have voted. It is now time for us to deliver.”

Starmer: Huge privilege to be re-elected

“It is a huge privilege to be re-elected to service this constituency... where my kids have grown up, where my wife was born” Sir Keir Starmer said.

Starmer re-elected

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, who is almost certain to become the next prime minister, has been re-elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras. His vote share is down by 17.3 per cent.

Corbyn expected to keep seat after re-election battle

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to win back his constituency as an independent despite Labour’s attempts to unseat its former leader.

Mr Corbyn, who had the whip suspended in 2020 and was expelled this year, has represented Islington North since 1983, entering Parliament when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

He had been widely predicted – including by the election night exit poll – to be pushed out by the new Labour candidate, Praful Nargund.

However, Labour sources indicated that the 75-year-old was likely to cling on. “It’s looking difficult for us,” one individual told Sky News.

John McDonnell, a long-time ally of Mr Corbyn who served as his shadow chancellor, said he would call for Sir Keir Starmer to re-admit him to the Labour party if he kept hold of his seat.

Labour wins key bellwether seat

Labour has gained Nuneaton, a crucial bellwether seat, with a 5.4 per cent increase in its vote share.

The Conservatives saw their vote plummet by 32 per cent, losing the seat and narrowly fending off a Reform surge to take second place.

‘Less optimism’ for Labour compared to 1997

Lord Falconer, a former justice secretary under Tony Blair, has said there is “less optimism” than the Labour landslide of 1997.

“People have become profoundly unhappy about their politicians. Keir has been steady, and the country is willing to entrust the leadership of the country to Labour,” he told the BBC.

“But they do so with much less optimism than they did in 1997.”

Galloway loses seat to Labour

George Galloway has lost Rochdale to Labour, having won it four months ago in a by-election. Mr Galloway, who did not appear on stage, won 11,508 votes to Paul Waugh’s 13,047.

Labour takes Ken Clarke’s old seat

Labour has taken Rushcliffe, a seat held until 2019 by former chancellor Ken Clarke, from junior government whip Ruth Edwards.

Corbyn ‘retreats to quiet corner’ as count continues

📸 Jeremy Corbyn and team have retreated to a quiet corner of the sports centre in Islington North. @Hannah_Furness reports: 'They received a few handshakes and claps to the shoulder on their way out. Whatever the result, he is expected to deliver a speech within the next hour' pic.twitter.com/Lwriz8vBqi

— Telegraph Politics (@TelePolitics) July 5, 2024

Starmer arrives for count in Holborn seat

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has arrived for the count at his seat of Holborn and St Pancras with his wife, Lady Starmer. Wearing a red tie, he was greeted and applauded by supporters, before being swarmed by media.

Starmer racks up early wins amid landslide predictions

Labour has racked up a number of early wins en route to what is predicted to be a landslide victory.

It claimed a series of victories across a number of northern seats, which traditionally report their votes earlier on election night - although in some cases its share of the vote dropped.

Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, won Houghton and Sunderland South with 18,887 votes, but saw a swing of 3.3 per cent away from Labour to the Reform party.

Reform claimed 11,668 votes, in an early indication of the wave of support for Nigel Farage’s party that is predicted to take it to 13 MPs tonight. The Conservatives were beaten into third place, with 5,514 votes.

Similar results were repeated across other north-eastern constituencies: Blyth and Ashington, Sunderland Central, and Newcastle Upon Tyne Central and West.

Elsewhere, Labour claimed the scalp of the first Tory “big beast” in Swindon South by ousting Sir Robert Buckland, the former justice secretary.

Reeves: I am up for the challenge as Chancellor

Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, said: “I’m under no illusions about the scale of the challenge I will inherit if I become Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next few hours.

“I am ready for that challenge. Keir is ready. We have put together plans to bring stability back to our economy, to bring business investment back to Britain.”

Labour win Gateshead Central - as Reform pushes into second

Labour has won Gateshead Central and Whickham, although its share of the vote is down 1.7 per cent. It has won all seven seats that have declared so far.

Reform placed second, with its vote surging 17.5 per cent, while the Conservatives were pushed into fourth place behind the Lib Dems.

Reeves: ‘Responsibility and privilege’ if I am appointed chancellor

Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, said Labour would “grow our economy” when asked what its first steps would be in government.

“We sought a mandate at this election to grow our economy and that is what we’re going to get started on doing,” she said, wearing a red Labour rosette.

She added: “On a personal level, if I am appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, I will be the first female Chancellor of the Exchequer. And I see with that both a huge privilege but also a responsibility.”

Labour takes another seat - but vote share drops

Labour has won Newcastle Upon Tyne Central and West - but Chi Onwurah’s share of the vote dropped 13.6 per cent. Reform took second place, with its vote surging by 10.7 per cent.

How does Starmer’s landslide compare to Blair’s?

Kinnock: This is the greatest comeback since Lazarus

Lord Kinnock, the former Labour leader, has called his party’s predicted election victory “the greatest comeback since Lazarus” after its disastrous result in 2019.

He told ITV News: “A gain of 208, according to the exit poll, which is attributable directly to Keir Starmer and what he’s achieved in four years, two of which of course were during the lockdown, or the virtual lockdown when the one thing that opposition leaders depend on - contact with the public - was absent.

“It’s the biggest comeback since Lazarus.”

He continued: “I must say I’m just ecstatic about the fact that an entirely dependable, fully grown-up guy, Keir Starmer, and his wife, are going to go through that door tomorrow. I have unalloyed and unreserved delight.”

Reports: Corbyn may have held onto seat

Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour leader, may narrowly have held onto his Islington North seat, according to reports. The votes in the constituency - which has elected Mr Corbyn in every election since 1983 - are still being tallied.

A Labour source told Sky News: “It’s looking difficult for us.”

Buckland pays tribute to Labour rival

Sir Robert Buckland, the former justice secretary ousted by Labour, has paid tribute to his successor as Swindon South MP.

“I want to thank Heidi [Alexander] for her heartfelt words and I genuinely wish her well. She is a person who comes to this with goodwill and the right motives,” he said, in his concession speech.

Balls: Reform could take Labour seats

Reform could seize Labour constituencies if Sir Keir Starmer fails to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, Ed Balls has suggested.

The former shadow Chancellor told ITV News that Conservative voters had moved over to Reform amid anger with the government, and that the same thing could happen to Labour supporters.

“If living standards, don’t rise if the NHS doesn’t get better, that angst shifts over to Labour. That’s the risk for Labour,” he said.

Mandelson: Reform home to ‘extremely unpleasant people’

Lord Mandelson has hit out at Reform as Nigel Farage’s party surged to second place in a string of Labour-won constituencies.

The former Labour cabinet minister said: “At the core of Reform UK there are a whole number of extremely unpleasant people with views that would be rejected by the overwhelming mass of the British people.

“But those views held by people at the heart of Reform UK are not known to the general public.”

Labour slays its first Tory ‘big beast’

Labour has claimed its first big scalp of the evening, winning Swindon South and pushing out Sir Robert Buckland, the former justice secretary.

George Osborne, the former Chancellor, gave Sir Robert credit for speaking to broadcasters and “jumping out of a trench”. “But unfortunately he’s been shot,” he added.

Labour wins Sunderland Central

Labour’s Lewis Atkinson has won Sunderland Central with 16,852 votes, with Reform placing second on 10,779 votes. The Conservatives placed a poor third on 5,731 votes.

Some bad news for Labour amid landslide forecast

Thangam Debbonaire, the shadow culture secretary, is predicted to be a rare Labour casualty tonight in what is otherwise expected to be a very strong performance from the party. She is predicted to lose Bristol Central to the Green Party’s Carla Denyer.

How accurate are exit polls?

The exit poll offers a unique window into the election outcome before votes have been counted and has an impressive track record for accuracy.

Prof Sir John Curtice, who leads the team that crunches the numbers broadcast to the nation as the polls close, says that its recent history makes the forecast worthy of close attention.

“The record isn’t perfect, but since 2005 the exit poll has given a pretty good indication of where the result will end up on the night. It also tends to be more accurate than opinion polls carried out before voting happens,” he says.

Read the full article here.

How many scalps will Labour claim?

A number of Conservative cabinet members are predicted to lose their seats tonight. Among those who are odds-on to be pushed out by Labour are:

  • Johnny Mercer, the veterans minister, who has a 99 per cent chance of losing
  • Grant Shapps, the defence minister, who has a 94 per cent chance of losing
  • Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House, who has a 75 per cent chance of losing

Labour win second declared seat

Ian Lavery has been elected in Blyth and Ashington in the second result of the night, winning with a majority of 9,137 - with its vote share increasing by 1.9 per cent from the last election.

He won 20,030 votes, with Reform once again placing second, with 10,857 votes.

‘Exit poll looks too good to be true’

Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, claimed that the results of the exit poll look “too good to be true”.

“In 2019 we were on the brink of extinction and told that in order to get a majority we would need a 1997 style swing. This exit poll shows a 1997 style majority,” he told the BBC.

In 1997, Sir Tony Blair won a majority of 179 seats. Labour is predicted to fall marginally short of that hurdle tonight.

Starmer predicted to fall short of Blair’s 1997 victory

Labour has won a landslide but failed to match the scale of Sir Tony Blair’s 1997 election victory, the exit polls suggests.

Sir Keir Starmer is predicted to win a majority of 170 seats – falling short of Sir Tony’s first election win by nine seats.

It is below “supermajority” forecast by a number of polls leading up to election day. The final set of polls suggested that Labour would win a majority of between 210 and 238 seats.

Nevertheless, it is a huge victory for Labour, and massive turn in its fortunes after crumbling to its worst loss since 1935 in the last general election.

The Conservatives are forecast to collapse to just 131 seats. Grant Shapps, the defence secretary, and Penny Mordaunt, the Leader of the House, are predicted to lose their seats.

Phillipson: Best days lie ahead of us

Bridget Phillipson said: “Today our country with its proud history has chosen a brighter future. The British people have decided that they believe, as Labour believes, that our best days lie ahead of us.

“Hope and unity, not decline and division. Stability over chaos.”

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Shadow education secretary wins first declared seat

Labour has won the first result of the evening. Bridget Phillipson won Houghton and Sunderland South with 18,887 votes - with a swing from Labour to Reform of 3.3 per cent. Reform came second with 11,668 votes.

Kinnock: Labour has not won over Reform voters

Lord Kinnock, the former Labour leader, has said that Reform surged to 13 seats because Labour failed to peel away voters from Nigel Farage.

“I understand why people want to show their revulsion against the Conservatives and have never been particularly friendly towards the Labour party,” he told ITV News. “And here is an alternative.

“What bothers me about Reform... is that they offer very simple answers to very complex questions. Which invariably ends in tears.”

Pictured: Rayner whips out umbrella during ITV interview

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‘I will be foreign secretary’, says Lammy

“I do fully expect to be foreign secretary if we get across the line,” David Lammy has said. It comes amid rumours that the shadow foreign secretary could be replaced by Sir Keir Starmer after his criticisms of Donald Trump.

Lammy: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves

David Lammy, the shadow foreign secretary, had sought to dampen expectations after the exit poll predicted a landslide.

“A poll does not translate to votes and there are lots of marginal seats there,” he said.

“There is a margin of error, I suspect, in those polling numbers that could go either way,. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.”

Conservatives ‘took votes for granted’, Rayner suggests

Angela Rayner added: “The message of tonight is... never take votes for granted. People who vote for you deserve that respect... if we do have the honour and privilege to form the government tomorrow then we’ll all work really hard to repay that trust.”

Rayner: I’m not counting my chickens

Angela Rayner, the deputy leader, told ITV News: “We’re very encouraged by the exit poll and shows what a tremendous job Keir Starmer has done.

“I think it also shows that 14 years of the Conservatives where they’ve had 14 years of chaos and decline, people are really punishing them for that record of failure.”

Asked if the scale of the predicted Labour victory would embolden the party to bring in radical policies, Ms Rayner said: “I’m not about to start counting my chiuckens just yet. But it is encouraging.”

“It’s Manchester,” she added, hoisting up an umbrella as the rain started pouring down.

Exit poll: Labour to win majority of 170

Labour is predicted to win a majority of 170 seats, the exit poll suggests. It is a landslide result for the party, if accurate - but falls marginally short of Sir Tony Blair’s victory in 1997.

Exit poll just minutes away

Senior Labour figures will be watching anxiously as the countdown to the exit poll ticks down. We’ll get an indication of how tonight will turn out in just a couple of minutes.

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