The new British Prime Minister, the Labour Party’s Keir Starmer, promised this Friday to “rebuild” the countryfollowing the resounding victory of his centre-left party in the legislative elections, which put an end to 14 years of conservative governments.

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“The work for change begins now. But have no doubt, we will rebuild Britain,” he said in his first speech from Downing Street.

The 61-year-old Labour leader had been received earlier at Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, who asked him to form a government and officially named him Prime Minister.

“Our country has now voted decisively for change, for national renewal,” said Starmer, who then proceeded to form his cabinet.

He appointed Rachel Reeves, the first woman to hold that post in the country, as head of the economic portfolio, and David Lammy, a lawyer descended from slaves of Guyanese origin, as head of diplomacy.

In his first remarks, Lammy called for “an immediate ceasefire” in the war between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip.

In the absence of knowing the deputy of a constituency, Labour won 412 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons and 33.7% of the vote, surpassing the threshold of 326 for an absolute majority.

The Conservatives of defeated Prime Minister Rishi Sunak won 121 seats (23.7%) compared to 365 five years ago under Boris Johnson. This is the lowest figure in an election since the party was founded in 1834.

Debacle of the conservatives

The Labour leader will take his first steps on the international stage next week at a NATO summit in Washington.

Following the debacle, Sunak announced his resignation as head of the party.

“Following this result, I will step down as party leader, not immediately, but once everything is in place to appoint my successor,” he claimed.

The far-right party Reform UK, led by Nigel Farage, one of the driving forces behind Brexit, entered Parliament with five seats.

Farage, with just over 14.3% of the vote, took many votes away from the Conservatives and became the third largest party, ahead of the centrist Liberal Democrats (12.2%), which won 71 seats.

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