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General Election 2019: Conservatives Win Majority

Some votes are still being counted but the Tories have already won enough to secure a majority in the House of Commons.

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The Conservatives have won the 2019 General Election by a landslide victory.

The overwhelming result is expected to make the biggest Tory majority in the House of Commons since 1987.

Boris Johnson hailed the victory as a political "earthquake" and claimed a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done", as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced he will not lead Labour into another election after a humiliating defeat. 

SNP made further inroads in Scotland, even beating Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire.

The result saw Ms Swinson quit as party leader, with Sir Ed Davey and Baroness Sal Brinton taking over as joint acting leaders ahead of a leadership contest next year. 

Speaking at the Conservative party headquarters, Mr Johnson said: "We must understand now what an earthquake we have created.

"The way in which we have changed the political map of this country.

"We have to grapple with the consequences of that, we have to change our own party, we have to rise to the level of events, we must, we just answer the challenge that the British people have given us."

While at the count for his constituency, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Mr Johnson said this "historic election" gives his party the chance to "change this country for the better and to unleash the potential of the entire people of this country".

Meanwhile, Labour, which had 243 MPs when Parliament was dissolved last month, is heading for its worst result since 1935.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn waits for the result to be given at Sobell Leisure Centre for the Islington North constituency for the 2019 General Election 131219 CREDIT PA.jpg.jpg
Jeremy Corbyn said it was a "disappointing night" for Labour (Picture: PA).

It comes after support for the party's so-called 'red wall', made up of formerly safe seats across the north, the Midlands and Wales, crumbled.

Mr Corbyn admitted it had been a "very disappointing" night for his party.

After his second General Election defeat, Mr Corbyn said he would not lead Labour at the next election.

He said he would discuss with the party how to ensure there was a "process of reflection".

Boris Johnson has pledged to "increase funding" for defence, stating the Tories would not be cutting the military "in any form" during their manifesto launch last month.

The Prime Minister also promised that defence spending will continue at 2% of GDP, as well as to increase funding to the Armed Forces each year by 0.5% above inflation.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has had his say on the election result.

In a tweet, he congratulated Mr Johnson and said the UK and US will “now be free to strike a massive new trade deal after Brexit”.

Cover Image: Boris Johnson celebrates outside the Conservative party headquarters (Picture: PA).