Election 2019: 'Let the healing begin' says Boris Johnson

PM urges the nation to "find closure"

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Conservative Party have won the general election, securing their largest majority since 1987.

Keep this page refreshed for the latest updates and reaction.


15.00 - The final results are in

The last ballot papers have been counted, showing the final general election results as an 80-seat majority for Boris Johnson's Conservatives.

St Ives in Cornwall was the final constituency to announce its results after the boat carrying votes from the Isles of Scilly was delayed by adverse weather.

The results showed victory for Conservative Derek Thomas, meaning the final number of seats for each party stands at:

Conservative - 365

Labour - 203

Liberal Democrats - 11

SNP - 48

Green Party - 1

Other - 22

Brexit Party - 0

Speaking outside Downing Street Boris Johnson urged the nation to "find closure and to let the healing begin".

He concluded by saying "I want everyone to go about their christmas preparations happy and secure in the knowledge that here, in this people's government, the work is now being stepped up to make 2020 a year of prosperity and growth and hope and to deliver a Parliament that works for the people."


12:55 - Jeremy Corbyn 'very sad' at results

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “very sad” at the party’s worst general election result in more than 80 years.

The Labour Party lost a total of 59 seats in the election.

However, he maintained that he had “pride in our manifesto and all of the policies that we put forward”.

Mr Corbyn defended his Islington seat in the polls, but announced he would be standing down as Labour leader after a process of "reflection".

"I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward," he said.

"And I will lead the party during that period to ensure that discussion takes place and we move on into the future."


11:00 - Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace

Boris Johnson has arrived at Buckingham Palace for an audience with the Queen following the Conservative Party's victory.

The politician was led to the Queen's private apartments where, following convention, he will ask to form a government.


09:30 - Record number of women elected to Commons

Labour's Anna McMorrin was re-elected in Cardiff North

A record number of female MPs have been elected.

Some 220 women won seats in the 2019 poll - up from 208 two years ago.

However, men will still outnumber women, with female MPs representing just 34 per cent of the Commons.

The record number of women comes just over 100 years since Nancy Astor became the first female MP to sit in Parliament.

She won the Plymouth Sutton seat in a by-election in 1919.


09:00 - Count at final seat delayed because of bad weather

The Isles of Scilly form part of the St Ives constituency

Votes cast in the Isles of Scilly have not yet been counted because of strong gales.

The ballot boxes have to be taken by boat to the island of St Mary's to be counted.

The Isles of Scilly form part of the St Ives constituency, and the declaration is expected to be made at 2.30pm.

So far, results of 649 of the 650 seats been declared, making St Ives the last place in the country to announce its result.


07:50 - Boris Johnson pledges January 31 Brexit

Mr Johnson reiterated his pledge to take Britain out of the EU in January

The Prime Minister has promised to deliver Brexit by January 31 "no ifs, no buts".

He said he would be working "flat out" to ensure Britain's exit from the European Union in the New Year.

He told attendees at a Conservative victory rally: "We politicians have squandered the last three years, three and a half years in squabbles - we've even been arguing about arguing, and arguing about the tone of our arguments.

"I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by the January 31 - no ifs, no buts, no maybes.

"Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people."


07:30 - Michael Gove addresses 'Jewish friends and neighbours'

Mr Gove was speaking at a victory rally in Westminster

Against a backdrop reading 'The people's government', Michael Gove got in a dig at Jeremy Corbyn and his party's handling of alleged antisemitism.

He told the Conservative victory rally in Westminster: "I also want to say something to a very special group of British people, our Jewish friends and neighbours.

"You have had to live in fear for months now. Concerned that we would have a Prime Minister who trafficked in anti-Jewish rhetoric and embraced anti-Jewish terrorists."


07:00 - Conservatives secure biggest majority since 1987

Mr Johnson defended his own seat

The party have secured over 326 seats so far, meaning they have a majority in the House of Commons.

In his victory speech after retaining his own seat, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson claimed they had a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done".