Rishi Sunak, the former UK Prime Minister, has admitted that there is much to learn and reflect on following the verdict of the British people in the just-concluded election.

Speaking after being declared the winner in his North Yorkshire constituency, Sunak affirmed that he takes responsibility for the loss and that he already called Labour leader Keir Starmer to congratulate him on his victory.

“Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner with goodwill on all sides. That is something that should give us all confidence in our country’s stability and future,” he highlighted.

According to official results released on Friday, Britain’s Labour Party, led by Sir Keir Starmer, swept to power after more than a decade in opposition.

Keir Starmer, who becomes the seventh Labour Prime Minister in history, will officially take over at Number 10, leading his party back to government less than five years after it suffered its worst defeat.

In his victory speech after crossing the 326-seat line to win a majority in the election, Starmer noted that a mandate like this comes with great responsibility, and their task is to renew the ideas that hold Britain together.

“We have earned the mandate to relight the fire. That is the purpose of this party and this government. We said we would turn the page, and we have. Today we start the next chapter by embarking on the mission of national renewal and beginning to rebuild our country,” he highlighted.

“Whoever you are, wherever you started in life, if you work hard and play by the rules, this country should give you a fair chance and always respect your contribution. We have to restore that,” he added.

Over the past 14 years, the Conservatives have had five Prime Ministers, including David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, and Rishi Sunak, who recently called for this election.

“I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear message, and yours is the only judgment that matters. This is a difficult day, but I leave this job honored to have been Prime Minister of the best country in the world,” remarked Sunak in his last speech at Downing Street.

In the just-concluded election, the Labour Party won 412 seats, the Conservatives won 121 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 71 seats, the Scottish National Party won 9 seats, Reform UK won 4 seats, the Green Party won 4 seats, and others won 27 seats.

On Friday, Rishi Sunak will head to Buckingham Palace, where he will offer his resignation to King Charles III.

Kimera Abdul is a Senior Journalist with Plus News Uganda. He identifies as an adaptable and enthusiastic individual who works to inspire generations. He posses a Diploma and Broadcast journalism and has...

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