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Rishi Sunak Resigns as Conservative Leader Post-Defeat

Rishi Sunak Resigns as Conservative Leader Post-Defeat

In a dramatic shift, Rishi Sunak has announced his resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party following a significant general election defeat. This marks the end of the Conservative Party’s 14-year rule, with the Labour Party, under Sir Keir Starmer, winning decisively.

With 648 out of 650 seats declared, Labour has secured 412 seats, signaling a clear victory. The Conservative Party has won only 121 seats, while the Liberal Democrats have taken 71 seats.

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From 10 Downing Street, Sunak delivered his farewell address on Friday, acknowledging voter discontent and accepting full responsibility for the party’s loss. He recognized the public’s frustration, stating, “The people have given a clear message that the government needs to change.”

In his speech, Sunak announced his resignation as party leader but committed to fulfilling his duties until a new leader is appointed. He apologized to candidates and campaigners, thanking his colleagues for their efforts.

In a show of respect, Sunak congratulated Sir Keir Starmer on his victory, calling him a “decent man” and expressing hope that Starmer’s success as Prime Minister would benefit the nation. “Keir Starmer’s victory is a victory for us all,” he said.

Reflecting on his time in office, Sunak highlighted his administration’s achievements, including economic improvements and reduced inflation. He emphasized that his main goal as Prime Minister was to stabilize the economy, asserting that the UK is now stronger and more prosperous than in 2010.

Despite the defeat, Sunak expressed pride in the progress made under his leadership, stating, “I am proud of what we have achieved. The UK is a more prosperous nation than it was a decade ago.”

As the nation prepares for a new chapter under Labour’s leadership, Sunak’s resignation marks a significant change in the UK’s political landscape.