Election 2024: Starmer appoints Cabinet after Labour's landslide victory

Keir Starmer has appointed his new Labour frontbench after ending 14 years of Conservative political rule.

TOPSHOT - Britain's incoming Prime Minister Keir Starmer and leader of the Labour Party, and his wife Victoria pose on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London on July 5, 2024, a day after Britain held a general election. Starmer became Britain's new prime minister, as his centre-left opposition Labour party swept to a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of right-wing Conservative rule. (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS / AFP) (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)
Keir Starmer outside No 10 Downing Street with his wife, Victoria, after delivering his first speech as PM. (Getty)

Prime minister Sir Keir Starmer has got straight to work assembling his Cabinet, after promising to 'rebuild Britain' following Labour's 2024 general election landslide victory.

Rachel Reeves was confirmed as Britain’s first woman chancellor, Angela Rayner is Starmer's Deputy Prime Minister and retained the levelling up, housing and communities brief, and Yvette Cooper is Home Secretary. David Lammy was appointed Foreign Secretary, putting to bed some speculation over whether he would get the post he shadowed in opposition.

The first surprise in the assembly of Labour's top team was the promotion of Lisa Nandy to Culture Secretary, after the holder of the brief in his shadow cabinet, Thangam Debbonaire, lost her seat to the Green Party. Otherwise, the Cabinet mirrors Starmer's shadow team, including Pat McFadden, who played a central role in shaping Labour’s election campaign, being named Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, John Healey Defence Secretary, Shabana Mahmood Justice Secretary, Wes Streeting Health Secretary, Bridget Phillipson Education Secretary and Ed Miliband Energy Secretary.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, suffered huge losses across almost the entire UK, with an apologetic outgoing prime minister Rishi Sunak saying he would quit as Tory leader after the party ended up with its lowest ever number of MPs. In total, 23 Tory 'big beast' MPs lost their seats, including Penny Mordaunt, former PM Liz Truss, Grant Shapps and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Reform UK secured five seats, although Nigel Farage's first speech as an MP was disrupted by a string of protesters on Friday. With one seat left to declare, Labour had won 412 seats, the Conservatives 121 seats, the Lib Dems 71 and the Greens four. The SNP was decimated in Scotland, going from 48 seats in 2019 to just nine.

Our live coverage has now ended, but you can see our previous updates, insights and reaction below from a dramatic UK election night. For the latest news, visit the Yahoo UK Homepage.

  • Starmer's Britain in 2024 is very different to Blair's in 1997

    Labour's landslide election victory over the Tories is drawing regular comparisons to Tony Blair's victory in 1997.

    But Britain in 2024 is somewhat different to the country Blair led as prime minister.

    In this from Sky News, Adam Boulton sums up the events of the last few months and what could lie ahead for the country's new prime minister compared to what Blair faced over two decades ago.

  • Who are Sir Keir Starmer's new Labour MPs?

    On the day of the Labour Party's landslide victory in Britain's 2024 general election, and the installation of Sir Keir Starmer as the UK's new Prime Minister, he gives his speech as Prime Minister in Downing Street, on 5th July 2024, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
    The new Labour MPs serving under Starmer have a range of backgrounds. (Getty)

    Keir Starmer’s landslide majority has seen the arrival of more than 200 new Labour MPs elected, including dozens of Westminster insiders, trade unionists and a former rock musician.

    Almost half of the newcomers have a background as a local councillor but some have slightly less obvious backgrounds, including a former Wimbledon tennis umpire, a Bafta-winning screenwriter and a diplomat who specialised in hostage recovery in Afghanistan.

    Find out more about the new Labour MPs in this piece in the Telegraph.

  • How David Lammy has criticised world leaders in the past

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 5: UK foreign secretary David Lammy leaves 10 Downing Street following Labour's landslide election victory on July 5, 2024 in London, England. The Labour Party won a landslide victory in the 2024 general election, ending 14 years of Conservative government. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
    Will David Lammy be able to work with world leaders he's previously criticised? (Getty)

    David Lammy has never been reticent when it comes to criticising global leaders in the past.

    But as Sir Keir Starmer’s new foreign secretary, he may have to work with some of those leaders.

    On Friday, Lammy was asked if he would be willing to work with Donald Trump should he be re-elected, saying: “I will work closely with whoever is in the White House in the end. The US is a great democracy.

    “In democracies, of course, there is debate and discussion and difference. We’ve seen that over the last six weeks in our own country, but the job of international security, the key partnership role that the UK and US play is hugely important.”

    Read about Lammy's past comments to leaders in the Telegraph.

  • World leaders react to Keir Starmer and Labour's 'remarkable' win

    Congratulations have poured in from world leaders to Keir Starmer after his election victory.

    Leaders to send well-wishes alongside Joe Biden included Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also sent messages to Starmer, as did Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president.

    Read more on which leaders have sent messages to the new prime minister on Sky News.

  • Starmer and Biden set to meet at Nato summit next week

    President Joe Biden waves as he arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to a campaign trip in Madison, Wis., Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Joe Biden and Keir Starmer will meet at the Nato summit next week. (AP)

    Sir Keir Starmer has spoken to Joe Biden and the two leaders are looking forward to meeting at the Nato summit next week, Downing Street has said.

    A spokesperson said: “The prime minister spoke to the president of the United States Joe Biden this afternoon. The president congratulated the prime minister on his election victory and the prime minister thanked him for his kind words.

    “The leaders discussed their shared commitment to the special relationship between the UK and US, and their aligned ambitions for greater economic growth.

    “Discussing geopolitical challenges, the leaders reiterated their steadfast commitment to Ukraine and the prime minister underscored that the UK’s support for Ukraine was unwavering.

    “The prime minister said he looked forward to working side by side across the breadth of the relationship, including the Aukus partnership and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. The leaders reflected on their shared commitment to protecting the gains of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

    “The prime minister and president looked forward to seeing each other at the Nato Summit in Washington next week.”

  • Diane Abbott to take up 'Mother of the House' role in parliament

    File photo dated 17/07/21 of Diane Abbott speaking during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street in London. Businessman Frank Hester has handed the Conservative Party another £5 million donation - a move that Diane Abbott has said is an insult to her and all black women, after in March it was reported that Frank Hester allegedly said made
    Diane Abbott will take up one of the most esteemed roles in the Commons. (PA)

    Diane Abbott is set to take up one of the most esteemed positions in the House of Commons after retaking her Hackney North and Stoke Newington seat.

    Abbott will become Mother of the House in the new parliament - a role given to the longest continuously serving female member of parliament.

    The previous holder was Harriet Harman, who stepped down at this election.

    Read more about Abbott's new role in the Evening Standard.

  • How can you not admire Rishi Sunak’s stoic dignity on leaving Downing Street?

    Critics and supporters alike watched Rishi Sunak concede defeat to his Labour opponent, along with an apology to the nation.

    Standing at the lectern where he stood not long ago in the rain, Sunak said: “To the country, I would like to say first and foremost, I am sorry.

    “I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the Government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters.

    “I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.”

    Read thoughts in the Independent on why so many people may be feeling sorry for Sunak as he steps away from the top job in the country after such an historic defeat.

  • Sir Patrick Vallance appointed science minister

    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Former Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance arrives before his appearance at the Covid Inquiry on November 20, 2023 in London, England. The UK's Government Chief Scientific Adviser will be questioned at phase 2 of the Covid-19 Inquiry over decision-making in Downing Street during the pandemic. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
    Sir Patrick Vallance has been made a science minister. (Getty)

    Sir Patrick Vallance, who was chief scientific adviser to the government during the Covid pandemic, has been appointed a science minister in the department for science, innovation and technology.

    Sir Patrick, who will also be made a peer, has backed Labour’s flagship manifesto pledge to set up a publicly owned energy firm.

    James Timpson OBE, of Timpson shoe repairs, will also be made a peer as well as prisons, parole and probation minister in the Ministry of Justice. He has advocated for employing former prisoners.

  • Cabinet roles continue with chief whip and attorney general roles

    Sir Keir Starmer addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister following the Labour Party's victory in the General Election on 5th July 2024 in London, United Kingdom. The Labour Party won the General Election with a landslide, so ending 14 years of Conservative government. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
    Starmer has been appointing his top team all afternoon. (Getty)

    Sir Keir Starmer has appointed Sir Alan Campbell as chief whip and Darren Jones as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

    Barrister Richard Hermer KC will become Attorney General rather than Emily Thornberry, who was shadow attorney general when Labour was in opposition.

    They will all attend Cabinet and Mr Hermer will become a lifetime peer, Downing Street said.

  • The 2024 general election in numbers

    It's been an historic election for so many reasons - with plenty of shocking figures to analyse.

    Data experts have been pulling the information from the election apart and analysing it throughout the day - looking at everything from turnout to vote share to swings.

    This piece from the Independent looks at the election in numbers, with all the key figures you need to know.

  • Starmer appoints leaders of Commons and Lords

    UK, London, River Thames view of the iconic British landmark with Westminster Bridge
    The leaders of the Houses of Commons and Lords have been appointed. (Stock image: Getty)

    Sir Keir Starmer has appointed leaders of the upper and lower houses of Parliament.

    Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell will be Leader of the House of Commons as well as Lord President of the Council.

    Baroness Smith of Basildon will be Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal.

    Both previously served in the shadow cabinet in the same roles.

  • Joe Biden congratulates Keir Starmer on becoming prime minister

    Joe Biden has congratulated Sir Keir Starmer on becoming prime minister, and has said he looks forward to "strengthening the special relationship" between the US an UK.

    The US president wrote on X: "Congratulations to Prime Minister Keir Starmer on becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

    "I look forward to our shared work in support of freedom and democracy around the world, and to further strengthening the special relationship between our two countries."

  • When will the final general election result be confirmed?

    There is one seat left to declare in the 2024 general election - but that's not likely to happen until Saturday, according to reports.

    The result for Inverness, Skye and West Ross has reportedly been delayed until Saturday due to a discrepancy between the verified votes total and the provisional number of counted votes.

    Candidates have been told to return at 10.30am tomorrow, Sky News reported.

  • What did the King say to Keir Starmer when the pair met today?

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 5: King Charles III welcomes Sir Keir Starmer during an audience at Buckingham Palace, where he invited the leader of the Labour Party to become Prime Minister and form a new government following the landslide General Election victory for the Labour Party, on July 5, 2024 in London, England. The Labour Party won a landslide victory in the 2024 general election, ending 14 years of Conservative government. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
    King Charles III welcomes Sir Keir Starmer during an audience at Buckingham Palace, where he invited the leader of the Labour Party to become prime minister and form a new government. (Getty)

    King Charles played a key role in the aftermath of the general election - welcoming Sir Keir Starmer to Buckingham Palace for a private audience where he invited him to become prime minister.

    A video of the pair's meeting revealed the King telling Starmer: “You must be exhausted and nearly on your knees", to which Starmer responded: “Not much sleep”.

    Later in the meeting, the PM highlighted the “quick change around” since the results were first announced, to which the King remarked: “To say the least. And having to get to grips with everything straight away must be quite exhausting.”

  • Farage's response to Reform UK's fifth seat win

    Nigel Farage's response to Reform UK winning a fifth parliamentary seat was: “go on my son”.

    Reform UK won the Basildon South and East Thurrock constituency with a majority of just 98 votes from Labour candidate Jack Ferguson after a recount.

    In a video posted on X, Farage said: “Our candidate James McMurdock was a paper candidate, drafted in at the last minute, former city boy, and he was absolutely neck and neck with Labour.

    “So I rang him up and said ‘Look, give me the name of your agent, so I can find out what’s happening because they were on the third recount’ – he said ‘I haven’t got an agent. I’m my own agent.’

    “I said, ‘well, who’s in the hall watching the vote count? And he said ‘my mum and dad’ – and he’s won. He’s an MP – go on my son!”

  • The seats the Tories have lost in historic election defeat

    It has been an historically bruising defeat for the Conservative party - the worst in its history.

    So which seats were lost by the Tories in the 2024 election?

  • Which constituencies have seen seats change?

  • Recap: Who is in Sir Keir Starmer's cabinet?

    In case you'd lost track, here are all the cabinet appointments that have been made today following Labour's election win.

    • Rachel Reeves - chancellor

    • Angela Rayner - deputy prime minister and levelling-up secretary

    • David Lammy - foreign secretary

    • Yvette Cooper - home secretary

    • Wes Streeting - health secretary

    • Pat McFadden - chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

    • John Healey - defence secretary

    • Shabana Mahmood - justice secretary

    • Bridget Phillipson - education secretary

    • Ed Miliband - net zero secretary

    • Liz Kendall - work and pensions secretary

    • Peter Kyle - science secretary

    • Louise Haigh - transport secretary

    • Jonathan Reynolds - business secretary

    • Steve Reed - environment secretary

    • Jo Stevens - Wales secretary

    • Ian Murray - Scotland secretary

    • Hilary Benn - Northern Ireland secretary

    • Lisa Nandy - culture secretary

  • Cabinet roles for Lisa Nandy, Steve Reed and Hilary Benn

    In the first surprise of Sir Keir Starmer’s cabinet assembly, Lisa Nandy was promoted to culture secretary.

    Other expected appointments announced by Downing Street saw Steve Reed named environment, food and rural affairs secretary, Hilary Benn Northern Ireland secretary, Ian Murray Scotland secretary and Jo Stevens secretary of state for Wales.

  • How did this election's turnout compare to previous elections?

  • Actress Gillian Anderson jokes over Peston gaffe

    American actress Gillian Anderson has joked that she “quit” being an MP after Robert Peston mistakenly referred to her rather than former education secretary Gillian Keegan live on ITV.

    Politics talk show host Peston was reflecting on Keegan, who was education secretary in Rishi Sunak's cabinet before the Labour landslide, as one of the Tory’s projected losses.

    But instead of using her name, he used that of the actress famed for playing former prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Netflix historical series The Crown.

    His fellow ITV presenters quickly corrected him, saying: “Do you mean Gillian Keegan?”

    Host Tom Bradby said: “Robert it’s only 2.20, you can’t go confusing them until at least four in the morning … she’s not going to complain to be clear about this.”

    After being alerted to the mix-up on X, formerly Twitter, Anderson responded: “Fired?! I quit!”

  • Reform UK wins fifth seat after recount in Basildon South and East Thurrock

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    Reform UK have won a fifth seat after a recount in Basildon South and East Thurrock.

    James McMurdock won the seat with a majority of just 98 votes from Labour candidate Jack Ferguson.

    He joins leader Nigel Farage as the second Reform UK MP in Essex.

  • Gove congratulates Angela Rayner on Levelling Up role

    Michael Gove has congratulated Angela Rayner, who shadowed him as Levelling Up Secretary, for taking on the brief in Starmer’s cabinet.

    Gove, who did not stand for re-election, posted on X: “Congratulations to @AngelaRayner on taking over such a wonderful department with a truly great team of civil servants – wishing her all the best on Levelling Up.”

  • Chaotic scenes as protestors heckle Nigel Farage

    Live blog graphic Recap
    Live blog graphic Recap

    Chaotic scene unfolded as Nigel Farage was heckled by protestors as he tried to start a speech in central London.

    As the Reform UK leader tried to give as good as he got, he told his supporters: “This is good preparation for the House of Commons I suppose, isn’t it? It’s going to be very lively in there.”

    When Farage asked: “Any more for any more?” there was a pause before one man shouted: “Actually yes.”

    Farage added: “We haven’t organised this very well, have we?”

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 5: A heckler during a Reform UK press conference presenting their programme for the upcoming Parliament, on July 5, 2024 in London, England. Reform UK won four seats at the 2024 general election including Nigel Farage's seat of Clacton and Harwich. The party benefitted from a significant fall in the Conservative vote that saw them retain only 121 seats delivering a landslide victory to the Labour Party who took 412 seats. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
    Farage was heckled at the event in London. (Getty)
    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 5: A heckler is removed by security during a Reform UK press conference presenting their programme for the upcoming Parliament, on July 5, 2024 in London, England. Reform UK won four seats at the 2024 general election including Nigel Farage's seat of Clacton and Harwich. The party benefitted from a significant fall in the Conservative vote that saw them retain only 121 seats delivering a landslide victory to the Labour Party who took 412 seats. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
    A heckler is removed by security during a Reform UK press conference presenting their programme for the upcoming parliament. (Getty)
    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 5: A heckler is removed by security during a Reform UK press conference presenting their programme for the upcoming Parliament, on July 5, 2024 in London, England. Reform UK won four seats at the 2024 general election including Nigel Farage's seat of Clacton and Harwich. The party benefitted from a significant fall in the Conservative vote that saw them retain only 121 seats delivering a landslide victory to the Labour Party who took 412 seats. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
    Hecklers meant Farage's speech was marred by chaotic scenes. (Getty)
    A heckler is escorted out as Britain's Reform UK Party Leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media, in London, Britain July 5, 2024. REUTERS/Belinda Jiao
    Reform has secured four seats in the Commons. (Getty)
    Nigel Farage, Reform UK leader and new MP for Clacton speaks during a presentation of the programme of newly elected Reform UK MPs in London on July 5, 2024, a day after Britain held a general election. As of 1200 GMT on Friday, the Labour party had won 412 seats in the House of Commons with only two results left to declare, giving it a majority of more than 170. The Conservative Party won just 121 seats -- a record low -- with the right-wing vote apparently spliced by Nigel Farage's anti-immigration Reform UK party. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
    Nigel Farage is the new MP for Clacton. (Getty)
  • What lies in the new home secretary’s in-tray?

    Yvette Cooper has outlined her priorities but they will be among a much longer list of challenges she faces as home secretary.

    Cooper's wide-ranging brief covers immigration, crime, security and policing. So what will she find in her in-tray?

    Read more on the issues she will have to deal with from PA Media.

  • Yvette Cooper says first steps include neighbourhood police and border security

    July 5, 2024, London, England, United Kingdom: New Home Secretary YVETTE COOPER arrives in Downing Street as UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer starts cabinet appointments. (Credit Image: © Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire) EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY! Not for Commercial USAGE!
    Yvette Cooper has listed her priorities as home secretary. (PA)

    Yvette Cooper said her first steps as home secretary would be to “get neighbourhood police back on our streets” and to set up a “new Border Security Command”.

    Speaking outside the Home Office, she said: “The first duty of any government is to keep our country safe, to keep our communities safe and to keep our borders secure.

    “That is why my first task as I go into the Home Office will be Labour’s first steps – which means trying to get neighbourhood police back on our streets, in our communities, and also setting up the new Border Security Command to go after the criminal boat gangs that are organising the dangerous boat crossings."

    She said the "difficult legacy" she had inherited would mean "hard graft and not gimmicks" are needed, adding: “We also know that it feels that our communities have faced damage, and often feel felt fractured and sometimes brittle as well, and our task has to be to bring people back together and to restore respect and to restore trust – as Keir Starmer has said today, to restore politics to public service as well.

    “Let the change begin.”

  • Further cabinet appointments for Starmer's top team

    Britain's Labour Party Prime Minister Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria arrive in Downing Street and greet supporters in London, Friday, July 5, 2024. Labour leader Stammer won the general election on July 4, and was appointed Prime Minster by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace, after the party won a landslide victory. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
    Keir Starmer has been appointing his cabinet. (PA)

    Further cabinet appointments include Liz Kendall as work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Reynolds as business secretary and president of the Board of Trade.

    Peter Kyle has been appointed science, innovation and technology secretary, and Louise Haigh is transport secretary.

  • David Lammy says Foreign Secretary role is 'the honour of my life'

    David Lammy said it was “the honour of my life” to serve as the UK’s new Foreign Secretary.

    He said in a tweet on X: “It is the honour of my life to be appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

    “The world faces huge challenges, but we will navigate them with the UK’s enormous strengths. We will reconnect Britain for our security and prosperity at home.”

  • Next batch of cabinet appointments includes Wes Streeting and Ed Miliband

    The next batch of cabinet appointments has seen former barrister Shabana Mahmood - who held on to her Birmingham Ladywood seat despite a challenge from a pro-Gaza Independent candidate - named Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

    Wes Streeting is the new Health Secretary after clinging on to his Ilford North seat by just a few hundred votes.

    Bridget Phillipson, who became the first MP elected overnight as her constituency, Houghton and Sunderland South, was the first to declare results, has been appointed Education Secretary.

    Starmer has also appointed Ed Miliband, who led the Labour party from 2010 to 2015, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

  • Frontbenchers continue to arrive at Downing Street

    Lisa Nandy arrives at 10 Downing Street, following the results of the election, in London, Britain, July 5, 2024. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    Lisa Nandy arrives at 10 Downing Street, following the results of the election. (Reuters)

    Lisa Nandy, Ian Murray, Louise Haigh, Lucy Powell and Liz Kendall were in the next wave of Labour frontbenchers to arrive at Downing Street as Sir Keir Starmer appoints his government.

    Nandy walked into No 10 nearly a year after she was demoted from the shadow cabinet.

    Wearing an all-grey suit, she smiled at reporters and entered the building at around 3.35pm.

    Shortly afterwards new chancellor Rachel Reeves left No 10 and appeared to head towards the Treasury.

  • Rachel Reeves sends message to 'every young girl and woman'

    Rachel Reeves sends message to 'every young girl and woman' that there should be 'no limits on your ambitions' as she becomes the first female chancellor.

  • David Lammy appointed as foreign secretary

    David Lammy has been named secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs.

  • Rachel reeves becomes UK's first female chancellor

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves arrives at 10 Downing Street, London, following the landslide General Election victory for the Labour Party. Picture date: Friday July 5, 2024.
    Rachel Reeves arrives at 10 Downing Street following the landslide victory for the Labour Party. (Alamy)

    Rachel Reeves has been appointed by Sir Keir Starmer as chancellor of the exchequer, becoming the first woman to take charge of the Treasury.

    The former Bank of England economist retains the brief she held in the shadow cabinet, as expected.

  • Who is in Keir Starmer's Cabinet? Meet the new Labour frontbench

    Angela Rayner arrives at Downing Street 10, following the results of the election, in London, Britain, July 5, 2024. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    Angela Rayner arrives at Downing Street 10, following the results of the election. (Reuters)

    Angela Rayner has been named deputy prime minister as Sir Keir Starmer assembles his cabinet as Labour form a government.

    A number of top Labour MPs have started arriving at 10 Downing Street.

    Earlier, in his first speech as prime minister, Starmer vowed to bring trust back to politics and restore hope to the nation.

    His lieutenants started arriving into the famous door from 2.30pm, with Rayner the first to go through. She was later confirmed as deputy prime minister.

    Read the full story from Yahoo News.

  • Majority of public say Starmer victory motivated by desire to kick Tories out

    In a snap poll, the majority iof the public attributed Labour's landslide victory to a desire to kick the Conservatives out rather than deep support for Labour.

  • Lee Anderson says he's scared of Starmer and his 'motley crew'

    British Conservative MP Lee Anderson sits beside Britain's former Prime Minister Liz Truss as he attends the official launch event for the 'Popular Conservatism' movement, in London, Britain, February 6, 2024. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    Lee Anderson said he was scared of Keir Starmer and his 'motley crew'. (Reuters)

    Lee Anderson claimed he would be looking at Sir Keir Starmer’s Government in the Commons and thinking “what has our country come to”.

    The Reform UK MP said the UK’s prime minister and his “motley crew absolutely scares me to death, I’m going to be sat on the green benches next week looking at them and thinking what has our country come to”.

  • How can you not admire Rishi Sunak’s stoic dignity on leaving Downing Street?

    Don’t you feel sorry for Rishi Sunak? I know I do, writes Caroline Brown for The Independent; he emerged from 10 Downing Street this morning, greeted by the same rain that ushered in his snap general election back in May (for this prime minister, it never rains but it pours.)

    His tired eyes and hangdog expression told the story of the night: a Labour landslide and an historic Conservative defeat. Perhaps, though, they also told the story of his entire poison-chalice premiership, one tainted by the four leaders who had come before him. He looked exhausted. Who wouldn’t?

    Read the full story from The Independent.

  • Incoming Parliament 'most equal' in history

    Westminster has its largest share of female MPs in history.

  • Rachel Reeves and Shabana Mahmood arrive in Downing Street

    Rachel Reeves and Shabana Mahmood are the latest MPs to arrives in Downing Street, as Keir Starmer begins selecting his cabinet.

  • Seven protesters hauled from Farage speech, as he holds out hope for one more MP

    Speaking in London following his win in Clacton, Farage's press conference got off to a shaky start thanks to the presence of a number of protesters.

    At least seven protesters appear to have been hauled out of the room before Farage started speaking.

    He spoke about the reform candidate in Basildon, who is currently in the midst of a full recount, stating that he was hopeful Reform would secure a total of five MPs.

    Farage pledged to campaign to change the electoral system. "The results show there is absolutely no enthusiasm for Starmer's labour whatsoever," he said, ignoring the landslide victory.

    He also accused Starmer of checking his notes "once every 2.8 seconds", although it was not clear how he had come to this conclusion.

    "When it comes to providing the voice of opposition... let me promise you something we are going to be the opposition around the country," he said.

  • A night that changed Britain’s political landscape

    Labour has swept to power in the biggest landslide since Tony Blair’s first election triumph 27 years ago – but the headline results only tell half the story of a momentous night in British politics.

    Read the full story from PA.

  • Protesters disrupts Nigel Farage speech

    Nigel Farage's first speech as an MP was disrupted by a protester, who heckled Farage as he made his appearance.

    Farage accused the protester of being drunk, saying "There's still plenty of beer left in the pub mate, lots of love."

    Farage then repeatedly said: "Boring. Boring. Boring," as the protester continued.

    As a fourth heckler interrupted him, the Reform UK leader said: “You’ll do yourself a nasty mate. you’ll have a stroke if you carry on like this.”

  • Elmo eclipses Count Binface as UK’s election star

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) gives a victory speech watched by Nick the Incredible Flying Brick (second right) and Bobby
    Keir Starmer (left)'s vuctory speech was watched by Nick the Incredible Flying Brick (second right) and Bobby "Elmo" Smith (right). (Alamy)

    Some of Britain’s comedy political candidates proved to be only slightly more of a joke than the actual governing party on Thursday night.

    The incumbent Conservative Party was crushed in a general election which saw their Labour rivals sweep to power in a landslide win after 14 years in opposition—with several major Tory figures losing their seats along the way. Adding to their humiliation, in some cases, was the indignity of making their concession speeches alongside truly bizarre rival candidates.

    Read the full story from the Daily Beast.

  • What the new Labour government means for your money

    Now that the dust has settled on the election, and the red confetti swept away, we can take stock of what a Labour win will mean for your money, and how you can prepare. Unsurprisingly, for a campaign based on the idea of change, there are plenty of things in the pipeline.

    Read the full story from Yahoo Finance.

  • Sinn Fein president says new government creates 'major opportunity' to improve relations

    Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said the General Election result creates “a major opportunity to improve relations between Britain and Ireland”.

    She said: “Sinn Fein is determined to build a constructive relationship with the new Labour government.

    “We look forward to working positively with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer on the many shared priorities for Ireland and Britain during this historic time of renewal.

    “After 14 years of Tory rule, marked by dysfunction and chaos, they crudely undermined the Good Friday Agreement during Brexit, harming citizens and communities.

    “They also abandoned co-operation with Dublin, causing significant damage.”

  • The eight pictures you’d only ever seen on a British election night

    BATH, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Conservative candidate Jacob Rees-Mogg stands next to Barmy Brunch from The Official Monster Raving Loony Party during the declaration for the North East Somerset constituency at the University of Bath campus, on July 05, 2024 in Bath, England. The incumbent MP for North East Somerset is the Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg. In Boris Johnson's government, he held the position of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
    Former Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg stands next to Barmy Brunch from The Official Monster Raving Loony Party. (Getty Images)

    It was a night when British politics underwent serious reconstructive surgery. Depending on your allegiances it was glorious, surprising, delightful, shocking and miserable. Hundreds of candidates are waking up in a very different world.

    Whatever the colour of your rosette, however, there were also moments of high comedy. No electoral system better understands the potential, within all that life-changing seriousness, for the odd giggle. The candidates managed to maintain their sense of humour, too. Even Liz Truss, just about. Read on for The Telegraph's take on some of the highlights.

  • Starmer ‘excluded deaf community’ in first speech as PM, says charity

    Britain's incoming Prime Minister Keir Starmer and leader of the Labour Party, stands at the podium as he addresses the nation following his general election victory, outside 10 Downing Street in London on July 5, 2024, a day after Britain held a general election.
    Prime minister Keir Starmer was accused of ignoring the deaf community. (PA)

    Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of excluding the deaf community by not having a sign language interpreter with him as he made his first speech as prime minister.

    According to the hearing charity RNID, government officials have pledged to have British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters on hand for big announcements from spring 2024.

    Read the full story from PA.

  • Factbox-UK election: What happened?

    Labour surged to a landslide victory in Britain's parliamentary election, ending 14 years of often tumultuous Conservative government and propelling Keir Starmer to power as prime minister.

    Get the full story from Reuters for everything you need to know about Labour's landslide victory.

  • Mayors 'ready to deliver' for new government

    Mayors stand ready to deliver the new Labour government’s plans, the chairwoman of UK Mayors has said.

    Tracy Brabin, who chairs the group representing England’s 12 metro mayors, said: “We look forward to working in lockstep with this new government to deliver the change our country needs.

    “Using our knowledge of what works best for our areas, we can help boost economic growth across the country.

    “Working closely with prime minister Keir Starmer and his cabinet, we will better-connect our regions with modern transport networks, build high-quality housing giving people a safe and secure place to call home, and equip people with the skills they need to succeed.

    “Mayors stand ready to deliver on this government’s plan for change and are determined to help build a brighter future for all.”

  • Scottish independence ‘a hard sell’ say SNP after losing 38 seats

    Edinburgh Scotland, UK 05 July 2024.  SNP Leader John Swinney at The Port of Leith Distillery makes a short speech and takes questions from the media following the result of the General Election. credit sst/alamy live news
    It was a tough night for SNP leader John Swinney. (Alamy)

    The SNP has just 18 months to save the case for Scottish independence after suffering a drubbing in the general election, its Westminster leader Stephen Flynn has admitted.

    The nationalists lost their position as Scotland’s dominant party in the House of Commons, losing 38 of 47 their seats – mostly to a resurgent Labour – and dealing a huge blow to their hopes of securing another independence referendum.

    It’s their lowest number of seats at Westminster since 2010, and means they have dropped from the third-largest party, with a question every week at PMQs, to the fourth-largest.

    Read more from The Independent here.