Brexit

Independent
The UK is set to leave the European Union within little more than a month, after a stunning landslide victory for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in a general election fought on his promise to “get Brexit done”. Long before the final votes were counted, it was evident that Mr Johnson was heading for historic gains on a scale which will give him a commanding majority in the Commons and allow him to push through his agenda unhindered. The crushing defeat for Labour – forecast to record its worst tally of seats since 1935 – brought an end to Jeremy Corbyn’s career as leader, though he announced he would stay on during a “process of reflection”.

Reuters
Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to take Britain out of the European Union in matter of weeks. For Johnson, whose 20-week tenure in power has been marked by chaotic scenes in parliament and stark division on the streets over Britain’s tortuous departure from the European Union, victory in Thursday’s contest was vindication. Educated at the country’s most elite school and recognisable by his bombastic style, the 55-year-old must not only deliver Brexit but also convince Britons that the contentious divorce, which would lead to lengthy trade talks, is worth it. A landslide Conservative win marks the ultimate failure of opponents of Britain’s departure from the European Union who plotted to thwart a 2016 referendum vote through legislative combat in parliament and prompted some of the biggest protests in recent British history.

Conservative Party

Sky News
Boris Johnson says he’s “ended the gridlock” in British politics by delivering the Conservatives’ best general election result since 1987 – achieved by tearing seats from Labour in its heartlands. With 648 of the UK’s 650 constituencies to have declared their results, the Tories had won 363 seats to deliver a huge House of Commons majority. It is set to be the largest majority of any government since 2001 and the Conservatives’ highest number of seats since Margaret Thatcher was their leader.

Times
Boris Johnson has secured an emphatic victory as voters backed him to take Britain out of the EU next month. Conservative victories in a string of seats in Labour’s former heartlands meant that the party was set for a projected majority of 74 in the Commons, the biggest at a general election since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987. Jeremy Corbyn conceded defeat at 3.20am but resisted pressure to quit immediately. He said that he would stand down after leading the party through “a period of reflection”.

Mail
Boris Johnson hailed the political ‘earthquake’ that has given him a ‘mandate to get Brexit done’ today as he marched his new blue-collar Tory army towards a staggering election landslide. After laying waste to Labour’s ‘red wall’ of Leave-backing strongholds, the PM said he had been given a ‘powerful’ vote of confidence by the British people and vowed to ‘rise to the challenge’.  The promise came with experts forecasting the Conservatives are on track to rack up 365 seats in the first December election for nearly a century, with Labour collapsing to 203 – down 59 on 2017.

Labour Party

Telegraph
Jeremy Corbyn will not lead Labour into another election campaign as he faced mounting calls to step aside immediately.  The Labour leader last night called for a “process of reflection” following the crushing defeat, which is now expected to be the worst since Michael Foot led the party to disaster in 1983.  But in a move that is likely to provoke fury among Labour MPs, Mr Corbyn indicated that he could cling on during that period until the party was ready to “move on”. It came as Tony Blair’s former seat of Sedgefield fell to the Conservatives shortly after 2am, whilst Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, managed to cling on in Doncaster North after losing 22 percent of his vote from 2017. West Bromwich East, a former safe seat held by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson, was also lost following a major swing to the Conservatives.

ITV News
Jeremy Corbyn blamed the “polarising” Brexit debate for Labour’s dismal electoral showing, as he confirmed he would not lead the party into another general election campaign. Labour Party figures have already begun pointing the blame at either Mr Corbyn or Brexit as the defining reasons for their catastrophic electoral defeat, as predicted by the broadcasters’ exit poll. Forecasts predict Labour will suffer their worst electoral defeat since 1935, with the party expected to barely scrape 200 seats. In a speech at his Islington North constituency, Mr Corbyn said his party’s policies were popular with the country but that “normal political debate” had been eroded by Brexit.

Times
Jeremy Corbyn announced this morning that he will quit as leader of the Labour Party after a “process of reflection”. At his count in Islington North, Mr Corbyn said: “I want to make it clear that I will not lead the Labour Party in any future election campaign.” But he said that he would “lead the party to ensure that discussion takes place”. He added: “This is obviously a very disappointing night for the Labour Party with the result we have got. But I want to say this: in the election campaign we put forward a manifesto for hope, a manifesto of unity and a manifesto that would help to right the wrongs of injustice and equality that exist in this country.

Independent
Former home secretary Alan Johnson has launched a brutal attack on Jeremy Corbyn, claiming the Labour leader “couldn’t lead the working class out of a paper bag”. The former Labour MP, who served as a cabinet minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said Mr Corbyn was “a disaster on the doorstep” as Labour braced for its worst election result in almost 100 years. The exit poll suggested that the party is on course to win just 191 seats – the fewest it has won in any general election since 1935.

Telegraph
For half a century he has delighted in mercilessly goading his Conservative rivals from the back benches. But when the announcement came that he had finally been deposed, the ‘Beast of Bolsover’ was nowhere to be found. Dennis Skinner, the 87-year-old son of a miner renowned in Parliament for his ever-present red tie, green shirt, sports blazer and waspish attacks, has presided over the Derbyshire constituency, a cornerstone in Labour’s so-called red wall, since 1970.  He had hoped to return once more to the Commons as the Father of the House (the longest-serving male MP) but instead was soundly beaten by his Conservative rival who secured a majority of 21,791 to Skinner’s 16,492.

LibDems

Telegraph
The Liberal Democrats suffered a humbling defeat as party leader Jo Swinson lost her seat only weeks after declaring she could be Britain’s next Prime Minister. Ms Swinson blamed a “wave of nationalism” and said she would be “will be making further remarks later today” after losing her East Dunbartonshire seat to the SNP by 149 votes. It was a major humiliation for the Lib Dem’s first female leader, who wanted to be known as leader of the self-styled “Remain Alliance” of anti-Brexit parties.

Times
Jo Swinson has indicated she may quit as leader of the Liberal Democrats after losing her seat during a grim night for her party. Amy Callaghan, the 27-year-old SNP candidate, claimed East Dunbartonshire by 149 votes five months after Ms Swinson became her party’s first female leader. The result crystalised a poor election result for the Lib Dems with the party predicted to win 13 seats, an increase of one on the 2017 return, despite Ms Swinson, 39, declaring at the start of the campaign that she was a genuine candidate to become prime minister.

ITV News
It has been a bad night for the Liberal Democrats by any reckoning. The party’s staunchly Remain stance appears to have failed to gain traction with the electorate, and its leader, Jo Swinson, lost her seat to the Scottish National Party. She was not the only scalp claimed in a night of shockwaves for the Lib Dems. A number of the party’s leading lights failed in their bids to win seats. It was at around 3.45am that the news came that Ms Swinson had lost her constituency – Dunbartonshire East – to the SNP, by a narrow margin.

Evening Standard
Sir Ed Davey and Baroness Sal Brinton will become the joint acting leaders of the Liberal Democrats following Jo Swinson’s election defeat, the party has said. The party announced that Ms Swinson would be stepping down as leader, ahead of a leadership election in the new year. It comes after a damaging night which saw its leader lose her seat to the Scottish National Party in one of the biggest upsets of the election. Ms Swinson said the result was “hugely disappointing” in her seat and across the country, as Boris Johnson romped to victory with a comfortable Conservative majority. She said in a statement released just hours after her defeat: “I am proud that in this campaign, the Liberal Democrats have stood up for openness, generosity and hope.

Telegraph
Chuka Umunna has failed in his bid to challenge the Tories in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, after defecting from Labour then joining the Liberal Democrats. The former Streatham MP had hoped to seize the seat but lost out to rival Nickie Aiken, who stormed ahead with 17,049 votes to his 13,096. Labour candidate Gordon Nardell came third in the contest with 11,624 votes. The result comes after an exit poll predicted the Conservatives will win a landslide 368 seats in Parliament – the biggest Tory majority since Margaret Thatcher’s in 1987.

Huffington Post
Zac Goldsmith, the former Tory London mayoral candidate, has lost his seat of Richmond Park to the Lib Dems – again. Goldsmith’s second loss to Sarah Olney in three years represents the Liberal Democrats’ first gain of the night. He took 26,793 votes to Olney’s 34,559 with a high 79% turnout. Goldsmith has now been in and out of parliament twice: he stepped down in December 2016 over the expansion of Heathrow, which he had vowed to oppose.

Change UK

Express
ANNA SOUBRY has lost her Broxtowe seat, which she first won as a Conservative in 2010 before defecting to The Independent Group for Change earlier this year. Ms Soubry, an ardent Remainer, secured just 4,668 seats. Her Tory rival Darren Henry won with 26,602. Labour’s Greg Marshall pushed Ms Soubry into third after receiving 21,271 votes. This was one of the most closely-watched seats in the country during the election. Ms Soubry hit the headlines by joining the Group for Independent Change and leaving the Tories earlier this year.

Independent

ITV News
Former attorney-general Dominic Grieve has lost his Beaconsfield seat which he has represented for the last 22 years. Mr Grieve was one of 21 Conservative MPs who, on September 4, had the party whip withdrawn over their opposition to a no-deal Brexit. He has been at the forefront of ensuring that MPs have a greater say in what happens with Brexit, and an amendment he tabled to the Northern Ireland Bill in July 2019 made forcing through a no-deal Brexit more difficult for the government.

ITV News
Luciana Berger parachuted into the North London seat of Finchley and Golders Green, hoping her Jewish background could be a factor in attracting voters who rejected Labour over concerns of growing anti-Semitism in the party. It was not enough. Ms Berger, originally from Wembley in north-west London, sacrificed the Liverpool Wavertree seat she held for almost a decade to become the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in the constituency, but lost out to the Conservatives.

DUP

Express
BELFAST NORTH’s Nigel Dodds has just lost his seat to Sinn Fein’s John Finucane with 21,135 votes to 23,078. The Westminster leader of the DUP is a long serving Member of Parliament who has been the deputy leader of the DUP since June 2008. John Bercow on Sky News described the result as the “biggest scalp of the night”. Mr Dodds has been seen as a huge figure in Brexit negotiations. Sinn Fein overturned a huge 2,081 vote majority for Belfast North, beating the DUP’s 1,943 votes. Voter turnout was up by 0.6 percentage points since the last general election in 2017. More than 49,000 people went to polling stations across the areas on Thursday, according to the BBC.

Scotland

ITV News
Nicola Sturgeon has said she has a “renewed, refreshed and strengthened” mandate for a second vote on Scottish independence, as the SNP made a series of gains in the General Election. While Boris Johnson is heading back to Downing Street with a majority – allowing him to push ahead with plans to leave the European Union – in Scotland it is Ms Sturgeon’s party that has most cause to celebrate. The SNP ousted Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire, while former Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill made a return to front-line politics after winning the East Lothian seat from Labour.

Telegraph
Nicola Sturgeon has said Boris Johnson has no choice but to give her the power for another independence referendum after the SNP won an extraordinary landslide in Scotland. With the SNP winning 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats, the First Minister said she had a “renewed, refreshed, strengthened mandate” for another separation vote. She said contrasting election results on both sides of the Border showed that England and Scotland were on “divergent” paths. The Scottish Tories held six of the 13 seats they won in 2017.

Wales

BBC News
Wales’ first three female Conservative MPs have been elected as the party claimed six key seats from Labour. Sarah Atherton’s 2,131 majority win in Wrexham was followed by Virginia Crosbie taking Ynys Mon and Fay Jones winning Brecon and Radnorshire. The Tories also turned Bridgend, Vale of Clwyd, Clwyd South and Delyn from red to blue in other targeted seats. Labour remained the biggest party while Plaid Cymru held their four seats, but Liberal Democrats have been wiped out. It means Labour now has 22 seats in Wales with the six they lost taking the Tories’ tally to 14, which is their best result since 1983.

Trade

Fox News
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to congratulate U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson after Johnson and his Conservative Party won easily in the country’s general election, which was seen as a clear mandate to deliver on Brexit. Johnson’s Conservative Party was on track early Friday to win an overwhelming parliamentary majority in Britain’s general election, as Labour Party strongholds across the country swung dramatically to the Tories — and immediately led left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to announce his intention to step down. “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT,” Trump said.

Evening Standard
Donald Trump has congratulated Boris Johnson on his “great win” and said the UK and US were “now free to strike a massive new trade deal after Brexit”. The US President said the agreement had the potential to be “far bigger and more lucrative” than any deal which could have been made with the European Union. It came after it was confirmed that the Conservative Party had secured a majority in the general election .  Mr Trump had earlier tweeted to say that it was “looking like” Mr Johnson was on course for a “big win”. Hours later, after the Tories passed the required threshold of 326 seats, he wrote: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT.

EU

Telegraph
European Union leaders breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday night after general election exit polls predicted a significant majority for Boris Johnson, paving the way for Brexit to finally happen on January 31 2020.  The heads of state and government of the EU-27 were meeting in Brussels when the exit polls were announced.  Senior EU officials had admitted that the whole bloc was pinning its hopes on a large Johnson victory, which would allow the prime minister to be “pragmatic” and build the closest possible trading relationship with the EU after Brexit.

Mail
Eurocrats were accused of ‘sheer hypocrisy’ last night after spending more than £1.2million on private jets and limousines in a year. An audit of Brussels spending shows the EU Council also splurged £15,000 on ‘men’s city shoes’ and £10,000 on medals for staff with 20 years’ service. The council, led until last week by Donald Tusk, spent £800,000 with Belgian firm Biribin Limousines, which boasts of providing a ‘universe of luxury’. It also gave almost £500,000 to Abelag Aviation, which claims on its website to offer private jets with ‘a layer of luxury that makes every mile in the air a pleasure’. Its flights cost between £15,000 and £30,000.

The pound

BBC News
The pound surged against the dollar as the Conservative Party won an overall majority in the UK general election. Sterling gained 2.2% to $1.34 – its highest level since May last year – on hopes that a big majority would remove uncertainty over Brexit. The pound also jumped to a three-and-a-half-year high against the euro. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the result meant that the Conservative government “has been given a powerful new mandate, to get Brexit done”. Mr Johnson, who held onto his Uxbridge seat with 25,351 votes, has pledged to take the UK out of the European Union by 31 January. The BBC’s economics editor, Faisal Islam, said a big win for the Conservatives pushed leaving the EU without a deal into the distance, and the financial markets were breathing a sigh of relief.

Flu

Times
The rate of hospital admissions for flu has doubled in the past two weeks and is ten times higher than this time last year, the latest weekly figures show. Data from Public Health England (PHE) show that the flu hospitalisation rate is at “moderate intensity”, with 5.06 cases per 100,000 people over the past week, up from 2.8 cases per 100,000 a fortnight ago. This is ten times higher than in the same week last year, with 0.54 cases per 100,000 people. The rate last winter did not rise above five cases per 100,000 people until the penultimate week of January, suggesting that this flu season has arrived more than a month early.

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