Landslide majority for Tories as PM promises Brexit

The Conservative party has won a landslide majority in the general election, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubling down on his Brexit rhetoric and hailing the “people’s government”.

The Tories have secured many historical Labour seats across the north, including Grimsby which has been held by Labour since 1945, and Scunthorpe.

Similar results were seen in Labour’s Yorkshire heartland, with Tories securing seats in Wakefield, Don Valley and  Rother Valley.

Addressing the nation this morning, Johnson said that Brexit was now the “irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people”.

Responding to the result and what it means for business, Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: “After three years of gridlock, the Prime Minister has a clear mandate to govern. Businesses across the UK urge him to use it to rebuild confidence in our economy and break the cycle of uncertainty.

“Employers share the Prime Minister’s optimism for the UK and are ready to play a leading role. They can bring the innovation, investment and jobs for a new era of inclusive growth. The biggest issues of our times – from tackling climate change to reskilling the workforce for new technologies – can only be delivered through real partnership between government and business.

“The starting point must be rebuilding business confidence, and early reassurance on Brexit will be vital. Firms will continue to do all they can to prepare for Brexit, but will want to know they won’t face another no deal cliff-edge next year. Pro-enterprise policies on immigration, infrastructure, innovation and skills, will help relaunch the UK on the world stage.

“Despite recent challenges, the UK remains a great place to start and build a business. A new contract between enterprise and government can make the UK a global magnet for investment, powering higher productivity and living standards across the UK.”