Peter Obi celebrates a Labour Party wins UK election

Peter Obi celebrates a Labour Party wins UK election

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has congratulated the United Kingdom Labour Party and its leader, Keir Starmer, for recording a historic victory in Thursday’s election in that country.

The opposition party won a huge parliamentary majority in the country’s general election, unseating the incumbent Conservatives after 14 years.

 

Obi, who reacted to the development via his official X account on Friday, described the victory as an honour well deserved.

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The 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party said he hopes the new Prime Minister will follow his campaign promises that made the UK voters give him their mandate.

 

He said, “I sincerely congratulate Mr. Keir Starmer and the Labour Party UK on the landslide victory they recorded in Thursday’s election. May the victory translate to a better and new chapter for all the UK residents as you remain committed to your electoral promises.

“I also hope that your government will promote stronger ties between the UK and Nigeria, and help in deepening our democracy, especially during these challenging times.

“Nigeria is grappling with issues such as insecurity, education, healthcare, and poverty and could greatly benefit from the support of the UK. Let us work together to build a brighter future commonwealth for all.”

 

Meanwhile, the outgoing Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, conceded defeat on Friday.

Sunak, who was seen leaving Downing Street, has tendered a public for the humiliating defeat.

He also announced an immediate resignation as the leader of the Conservatives.

 

Also, Keir Starmer on Friday promised to “rebuild Britain” as he took office as the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister following his centre-left Labour Party’s landslide general election victory that ended 14 years of Conservative rule.

 

Head of state King Charles III asked Starmer to form a government during a meeting at Buckingham Palace, officially appointing the 61-year-old former human rights lawyer as PM.

 

Flag-waving crowds of cheering Labour activists lined Downing Street as Starmer arrived as the party’s first Prime Minister since Gordon Brown in 2010.

“Now, our country has voted decisively for change, for national renewal and a return of politics to public service.

“The work of change begins immediately, but have no doubt, we will rebuild Britain,” he said in his first speech in the role.

 

Labour raced past the 326 seats needed to secure an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons at 0400 GMT, with the final result expected on Saturday.

As of 1200 GMT on Friday, the 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 Tories won just 121 seats — a record low — with the right-wing vote spliced by Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration Reform UK party.

 

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

The results buck a trend among Britain’s closest Western allies, with the far right in France eyeing power and Donald Trump looking set for a return in the United States.

 

Congratulations came in from the European Council chief Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz who said Starmer would be a “very good, very successful” prime minister.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the two countries would “continue to be reliable allies through thick and thin.”

 

Labour’s resurgence is a stunning turnaround from five years ago when hard-left former leader Jeremy Corbyn took the party to its worst defeat since 1935 in an election dominated by Brexit.

Starmer took over in early 2020 and set about moving the party back to the centre, making it a more electable proposition and purging the infighting and anti-semitism that cost it.

 

Opinion polls consistently put Labour 20 points ahead of the Tories since Truss’s resignation, giving an air of inevitability about a Labour win — the first since Tony Blair in 2005.

But as the count neared the end, the gap was around 11 percent, with Labour looking set to win fewer votes than it did in 2019, partly reflecting a lower turnout.

 

Starmer is facing a daunting to-do list, with economic growth anaemic, public services overstretched and underfunded due to swingeing cuts, and households squeezed financially.

He has also promised a return to political integrity, after a chaotic period of five Tory PMs in 14 years, scandal and sleaze.

 

In addition, the newly-elected UK Prime Minister, KeIr Starmer on Friday made his first set of appointments into the cabinet.

 

Below is the list of the new cabinet members:

  • Angela Rayner– Deputy Prime Minister
  • Rachel Reeves– Chancellor
  • David Lammy– Foreign Secretary
  • Yvette Cooper– Home Secretary
  • Pat McFadden– Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Shabana Mahmood– Justice Secretary
  • Wes Streeting– Health Secretary
  • Bridget Phillipson– Education Secretary
  • Ed Miliband– Energy Secretary
  • Peter Kyle– Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary
  • Louise Haigh– Transport Secretary
  • Liz Kendall– Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Jonathan Reynolds– Business and Trade Secretary
  • John Healey– Defence Secretary
  • Steve Reed– Environment Secretary
  • Lisa Nandy –Culture, Media and Sport Secretary
  • Hilary Benn– Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Ian Murray– Scotland Secretary
  • Jo Stevens – Wales Secretary

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