UK election results 2019: Boris Johnson storms to victory

By Tara John, Rob Picheta, Bianca Britton and Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Updated 1708 GMT (0108 HKT) December 13, 2019
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10:56 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Boris Johnson touts "historic" election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the vote declaration for his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency on Friday. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the vote declaration for his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency on Friday. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has hailed a "historic" election result after holding his seat.

"I don't want to tempt fate ... but at this stage it does look as though this one nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done," he said.

Johnson added he will then focus on the NHS, repeating a number of disputed pledges about the numbers of new nurses and hospitals he will create.

He thanked "Lord Buckethead, Elmo and others," in a seat where plenty of joke candidates ran.

"But above all I want to thank the people of this country for turning out to vote in a December election," he said. He called it a "historic election" which gave him "the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people."

11:02 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

BREAKING: The leader of the Liberal Democrats has just lost her seat

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson reacts as she speaks on stage after losing her seat in Bishopbriggs, north of Glasgow, on December 13. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson reacts as she speaks on stage after losing her seat in Bishopbriggs, north of Glasgow, on December 13. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has lost her seat in Dunbartonshire East by around 150 votes.

An emotional Swinson thanked her family after the count, saying: "Some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism that is sweeping on both sides of the (English-Scottish) border."

But she adds the results will bring "dread and dismay" to many. She says she still believes the UK can be "inclusive and open," and that Britain can achieve "so much more" by working with its neighbors.

11:01 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

The Foreign Secretary only just managed to hold his seat

In southern England, where the Conservatives have had a slightly rougher ride, there have been two more results of note.

Conservative Zac Goldsmith, who lost out to Sadiq Khan in the race to be mayor of London, as lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats, failing to defend his razor-thin majority in Richmond, a leafy suburb southwest of the capital.

But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was a major target of the Lib Dems, clung on to his Esher seat by a tight margin.

10:41 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

BREAKING: Jeremy Corbyn says he will not lead the Labour Party into another election

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears beside other candidates at Sobell Leisure Centre for the Islington North constituency ahead of the vote count results. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears beside other candidates at Sobell Leisure Centre for the Islington North constituency ahead of the vote count results. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn has said he'll stand aside as Labour leader before the next election, in his first remarks since the results started coming in.

"I will not lead the party in any future general election campaign," Corbyn announced after he was declared the winner of his constituency in north London.

But he added: "I will discuss with our party to ensure that there is a process of reflection now on this result and the policies of the party going forward and I will lead the party during that period to ensure that that discussion takes place and we move on into the future.”

That won't sit well with many Labour MPs and defeated candidates, who have made clear they want Corbyn gone immediately.

He lambasted the media for their "disgusting" treatment of him and his team during the election team.

Corbyn defended his policies as "extremely popular," but said, "Brexit has so polarized and divided debate in this country, it has over-ridden so much of a normal political debate."

Issues of inequality "will come back," he says, and Labour's fundamental message will "be there for all time."

10:29 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

We are now the racist party, says defeated Labour candidate

Labour has taken the Conservatives' mantle as the so-called "nasty party" due to Jeremy Corbyn's inaction over anti-Semitism, a defeated Labour candidate told Sky News.

"Jeremy Corbyn should announce that he’s resigning as leader of the Labour Party from his count today," Ruth Smeeth said after confirming she had lost her seat to the Conservatives. "He should have gone many, many, many months ago."

"There is absolutely no justification for why he’s still there," she added, saying Corbyn's "personal actions” have doomed Labour tonight.

Turning to the anti-Semitism scandal that has dogged Corbyn's leadership, she said he has "made us the nasty party. We are the racist party." The "nasty party" was the moniker given to the Conservatives by critics at the start of the century.

Ruth Smeeth speaks at an event on the fringe of the 2019 Labour Party conference in Brighton, England on September 22. Photo: Nicola Tree/Getty Images
Ruth Smeeth speaks at an event on the fringe of the 2019 Labour Party conference in Brighton, England on September 22. Photo: Nicola Tree/Getty Images

11:03 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

A big name in Northern Ireland politics is out

Big news from Northern Ireland. Nigel Dodds, who's the leader in Westminster of the Democratic Unionist Party, has lost his seat to a candidate from Sinn Fein, a party from the opposite side of the historic sectarian divide in that part of the country.

The Green Party and the moderate nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) had not put up candidates in Belfast North to avoid splitting the remain vote. This strategy gave Sinn Fein's John Finucane -- the dominant nationalist force in the constituency -- the best shot of beating long-time DUP incumbent Dodds.

An election poster features Nigel Dodds in north Belfast on December 12. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
An election poster features Nigel Dodds in north Belfast on December 12. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

11:04 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Revised projections are out and the Conservatives are still ahead

British broadcasters have updated their predictions based on partial results, showing a slightly smaller majority for the Conservatives than predicted earlier. 

They've slid the Conservatives down to 357 (from 368). And don't call it a comeback -- this is still a very comfortable majority for the Tories -- but Labour are up to 201.

11:05 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

Boris Johnson's father is accused of making an Islamophobic remark on TV

From CNN's Rory Sullivan

Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, participates in a demonstration in London on October 9. Photo: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images
Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, participates in a demonstration in London on October 9. Photo: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images

Stanley Johnson, father of Boris Johnson, has come under criticism for making allegedly Islamophobic comments during a live election night show on the UK's Channel 4.

He said: "If I was a female fighter jet pilot, I would expect someone to say 'don't wear a burqa.'"

A fellow panelist on the show labelled the comment as "disgraceful".

Boris Johnson has been accused of Islamophobia in the past, having previously said in a newspaper column that women in burqas "look like letter boxes".

Niqabs and burqas were at the center of a controversy involving Boris Johnson last year, when he likened Muslim women who wear veils to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" in his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

He has since partially apologized, saying at the launch of his bid to become Prime Minister this summer: "In so far as my words have given offense over the last twenty or thirty years when I've been a journalist and people have taken those words out of my articles and escalated them. Of course, I am sorry for the offense they have caused."

On the same show tonight, the Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan confronted Boris Johnson's father on the issue of single motherhood.

That came shortly after his son was criticized for a 1995 newspaper column in which he called the children of single mothers "ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate".

10:06 p.m. ET, December 12, 2019

EU ready to take "next steps" in Brexit negotiations, says European Council President

President of the European Council Charles Michel speaks in Brussels early on Friday. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images
President of the European Council Charles Michel speaks in Brussels early on Friday. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union stands ready to take the “next steps” in reaching a deal on the final Withdrawal Agreement with the United Kingdom, whatever the result of Thursday’s election, European Council President Charles Michel said Friday morning in Brussels. 

“About the outcome of the elections in the UK, we will wait to see what will be the official results. But there is a strong message … tomorrow we’ll have a discussion in the European Council on Article 50 and you know that we are ready for the next steps,” the European Council President said during a press conference in the early hours of Friday.

“We will see if it is possible for the British parliament to accept the Withdrawal Agreement, to take a decision. And, if it is the case, we are ready for the next steps,” Michel added, asserting that the EU remains committed to maintaining “close cooperation” with the UK.

Speaking to members of the press alongside the European Council President, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said the EU is “ready to negotiate” whatever the result.

Their comments follow a meeting of European Heads of State on Thursday in Brussels to discuss the EU’s action against climate change and the bloc’s long-term budget.