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Keir Starmer to be new prime minister as Rishi Sunak concedes defeat

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrives at Northallerton Leisure Centre in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, for the count for the Richmond and Northallerton constituency in the 2024 General Election. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2024.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrives at Northallerton Leisure Centre in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, for the count for the Richmond and Northallerton constituency in the 2024 General Election. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2024.

Sir Keir Starmer will be the UK’s next prime minister after Rishi Sunak admitted defeat in the face of a Labour landslide.

The Prime Minister said voters had delivered a “sobering verdict” on his party after 14 years in power.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said people around the country had declared they were “ready for change”.

In his acceptance speech after retaining his Richmond and Northallerton seat, Mr Sunak said: “The Labour Party has won this General Election and I have called Sir Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory.”

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria at his constituency count (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Mr Sunak added: “Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner with goodwill on all sides.

“And it’s something that should give us all confidence in our country’s stability and future.

“The British people have delivered a sobering verdict tonight, there is much to learn… and I take responsibility for the loss. To the many good, hard-working Conservative candidates who lost tonight, despite their tireless efforts, their local records and delivery, and their dedication to their communities. I am sorry.”