United Kingdom Prime Minister To Resign

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After the Labour Party took the majority in parliament in the United Kingdom’s 2024 general election, Prime Minster Rishi Sunak said he would step down.

“Labour Leader Keir Starmer will become prime minister and can form a majority government,” the Associated Press stated.

The left-of-center Labour Party will form a government for the first time in over a decade.

Sunak left the prime minister’s office and headed to Buckingham Palace to offer his resignation to King Charles III.


From the Associated Press:

Sunak said earlier that he took responsibility for his party’s loss, and that he had called Labour leader Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory.

Voters in the U.K. cast their ballots Thursday in a national election to choose the 650 lawmakers who will sit in Parliament for the next five years. With almost all results counted, Labour, led by Starmer, has gained at least 400 seats in Parliament.

After more than a decade in power under five different prime ministers, Sunak ’s Conservatives are set to have their seats in the 650-seat House of Commons cut down to around 130. That would be the Tories’ worst result in the party’s two-century history and one that would leave the party in disarray.

The Guardian reports:

He also said he would step down as Conservative leader once the arrangements for selecting his successor were in place. The party looks set to win just over 121 seats, its worst result in history.

He congratulated Keir Starmer on Labour’s landside victory, saying: “In this job his successes will be all our successes and I wish him and his family well. Whatever our disagreements in this campaign he is a decent, public-spirited man who I respect.

“He and his family deserve the very best of our understanding as they make the huge transition to their new lives behind this door,” he added.

By 11am when all but two constituencies had declared their results, Labour had won a huge landslide with more than 410 seats. Sunak said the Tories now needed to rebuild and take up their “crucial” role in opposition.

He then travelled to Buckingham Palace for his final audience with the king before Starmer formally becomes prime minister.

Speaking about his legacy, Sunak said he had brought down inflation to the Bank of England target of 2%, put mortgage rates on a downward trajectory and enhanced the UK’s international standing. He cited support for Ukraine and the negotiation of the Windsor framework on post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

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