Queen asks Boris to form new government after Conservative Party win majority

13 December 2019, 11:53 | Updated: 13 December 2019, 11:56

His party has been restored to power with an increased majority
His party has been restored to power with an increased majority. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

The Queen has asked Boris Johnson to form a Government in her name following the Conservatives resounding win.

Mr Johnson arrived at Buckingham Palace a few hours after his decisive victory in securing the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Johnson was greeted by the Queen's Equerry-in-Waiting Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards and her private secretary Edward Young when his ministerial car arrived at Buckingham Palace.

The politician was ushered inside and was led to the Queen's private apartments where, following convention, the head of state asked Mr Johnson whether he will form a Government.

Arriving back into Downing Street, Mr Johnson did not make any comments, instead choosing to go straight through the doors of Number 10.

He did give a brief wave at the steps.

Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet with the Queen
Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet with the Queen. Picture: PA
Mr Johnson broke into a quick run as he arrived back at Downing Street
Mr Johnson broke into a quick run as he arrived back at Downing Street. Picture: PA
He gave a brief wave at the steps of Downing Street
He gave a brief wave at the steps of Downing Street. Picture: PA

The Tories swept to a decisive victory with a comfortable majority of 364 seats- passing the threshold required with one more still to be declared.

Part way through the rout Jeremy Corbyn pledged he would not lead the Labour Party into another election.

Mr Corbyn said he would discuss with the party how to ensure there was a "process of reflection” after leading Labour to their worst election defeat in decades.

"I will lead the party during this period to ensure this discussion takes place,” he said.

However, he is yet to declare an exact date when he will step down.

Mr Johnson hailed his victory as a "new dawn" during a victory speech in the early hours of the this morning.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not lead the party through another general election
Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not lead the party through another general election. Picture: PA

In his speech in central London, Mr Johnson said: "We did it - we pulled it off, didn't we?"We broke the gridlock, we ended the deadlock, we smashed the road block.

"I want to congratulate absolutely everybody involved in securing the biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s."Literally - as I look around - literally before many of you were born."

Mr Johnson reiterated his election promise to get Brexit done by January 31 "no ifs, no buts".

He said: "And I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out to prove that you were right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future.

"And I say to you that in this election your voice has been heard, and about time too.

"Because we politicians have squandered the last three years, three and a half years in squabbles - we've even been arguing about arguing, and arguing about the tone of our arguments.

"I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by the January 31 - no ifs, no buts, no maybes.

"Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people."

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