2019-12-13 13:09:02

U.K. Tories Defeat Labour in Landslide Election

The British Conservative Party has won a decisive majority in Thursday’s general election, winning seats in Labour Party strongholds and paving the way for Britain’s exit from the European Union by January 31.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is projected to have 364 seats in the House of Commons compared to Labour’s 203 seats.

That would give the Conservatives about a 75-seat majority, the largest since Margaret Thatcher’s landslide in the 1987 election.

Johnson’s message throughout the campaign was focused on “getting Brexit done,” reflecting public exhaustion with the issue that has paralyzed British politics ever since the 2016 referendum.

His win comes despite his long record of racist and anti-Muslim statements, as well as accusations of sexual harassment.

Following the election, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn announced he will resign as party leader, though he will continue to sit as an MP.

The Labour membership grew dramatically during Corbyn’s tenure, with the party adopting radical policies focused on ending austerity, reinvesting in the National Health Service and promoting social justice.

Democracy Now! gets response from George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian and author of Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis, and Priya Gopal, university lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and author of the new book “Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent.”

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