New Prime Minister Keir Starmer named the top team after vowing to 'rebuild' Britain.


Keir Starmer stepped down to serve as Britain's new leader on Friday, appointing his ministerial team after his centre-left Labor Party's landslide general election victory ended 14 years of Conservative rule.

Starmer named Rachel Reeves the UK's first female Chancellor of the Exchequer and appointed David Lemmy as Foreign Secretary following his election victory in 2010 to become the first Labor Prime Minister since Gordon Brown.

Starmer pledged to “rebuild” Britain as flag-waving crowds of cheering Labor activists stormed Downing Street after head of state King Charles III invited him to form a government during a meeting at Buckingham Palace. Lined up.

“Now, our country has voted decisively for change, national renewal and the return of politics to public service,” the 61-year-old said in his first speech as prime minister.

“The work of change begins immediately, but there is no doubt, we will rebuild Britain.”

'apologies'

A distraught Rishi Sink conceded defeat during a night of terror for his Conservatives that claimed the scalps of at least 12 of his senior cabinet colleagues — and his predecessor Liz Truss.

His disastrous 49-day stint effectively sealed the Tories' fate with the public two years ago, when his unfunded tax cuts spooked markets and sent the pound crashing.

Before leaving Downing Street for a final stint as prime minister, Sink “apologised” to the public and revealed he would stand down as Tory leader once formal arrangements were made for a successor.

Labor surpassed the 326 seats needed for an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons at 0400 GMT, with the final result expected on Saturday.

As of 1700 GMT on Friday, the party had won 412 seats in the House of Commons with just one result to be announced, giving it a majority of 174.

The Tories won just 121 seats — a record low — with the right-wing vote apparently split by Nigel Farage's anti-immigration Reform UK party, which won five seats.

In another boost for the centrists, the smaller opposition Liberal Democrats ousted the Scottish National Party as the third largest party.

Global response

The results buck a trend among Britain's closest Western allies, with far-right power in France eyed and Donald Trump poised to return to the US.

Congratulation came from European leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, who said Starmer would be a “very good, very successful” prime minister.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said the two countries “will remain reliable allies through thick and thin”.

Former US President Donald Trump congratulated his admirer Farage on winning his eighth bid to the British Parliament, but conspicuously neglected to mention Starmer.

Outside London's busy Waterloo station, engagement officer Ramsey Sargent, 49, described it as “an important choice”.

“It's been a very rocky last few months and years. I'm really excited to see what happens next,” he told AFP.

'Destructive'

Sink tendered his resignation to the king soon after returning from his rural constituency in northern England to London, where the depth of his party's defeat soon became apparent.

The Tories' worst previous election result was 156 seats in 1906. Former leader William Hague told Times Radio that it was a “historically disastrous result.”

But Tim Bell, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, said it was “not as disastrous as some are predicting” and the Tories will now need to decide how best to fight back. Is.

Brexit champion Farage has made no secret of his aim to take over the party.

“There is a huge void on the center right of British politics and my job is to fill it,” he said after winning comfortably in Clacton, East England.

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Labour's recovery is a dramatic turnaround from five years ago, when former hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn handed the party its worst defeat in a Brexit-dominated election since 1935.

Starmer took office in early 2020 and decided to take the party back to the centre, ridding it of the infighting and anti-Semitism that had fueled its support.

Opinion polls have put Labor 20 points ahead of the Tories since Truss resigned, creating an air of inevitability about a Labor victory — the first since Tony Blair in 2005.

But as the count drew to a close, the gap was around 11 per cent, with Labor looking set to win fewer votes than in 2019, partly reflecting lower turnout.

Starmer faces a tough in-tray, from anemic economic growth to overstretched and underfunded public services and households being squeezed financially.

He has promised a return to political integrity after five Tory prime ministers in 14 years of chaos, scandal and sleaze.

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