Elmo shakes hands with Keir Starmer and congratulates him on election victory

After Sir Keir Starmer was re-elected as MP for Holborn and St Pancras, he was congratulated on his win by independent candidate Bobby “Elmo” Smith.

Mr Smith was dressed as the red Sesame Street character and shook the hand of the Labour leader in amusing footage circulating from the count.

While the independent candidate came in 12th place in the results, earning the least amount of votes at 19, social media users enjoyed seeing his red costume next to Sir Keir on stage during the victory speech.

Sir Keir will be the UK’s new prime minister after a general election landslide saw Labour sweep to a parliamentary majority of around 176 seats.