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'I will repay your trust', UK PM Johnson tells ex-Labour voters on trip to north

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to supporters on a visit to meet newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell, at Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham, north east England on December 14, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory. Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited former strongholds of his Labour opponents in northern England on Saturday and pledged to repay their trust for helping to deliver a stunning victory for his Conservative Party in Britain's national election.

 

Johnson led the Conservatives on Thursday to their biggest election win since Margaret Thatcher's landslide victory of 1987, trouncing his socialist Labour Party foe Jeremy Corbyn by capturing 365 parliamentary seats and securing an overall majority of 80. Labour won 203 seats.

 

The election saw the crumbling of Labour's "Red Wall" of formerly safe seats in working-class areas across northern and central England where most people voted in a 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.

 

Johnson, the face of the "Leave" campaign in that referendum, fought the election on the slogan "Get Brexit done".

 

"I know that people may have been breaking the voting habits of generations to vote for us," Johnson told supporters in Sedgefield, a symbolically important seat as it was once held by former prime minister Tony Blair, Labour's most successful leader.

 

"I want the people of the northeast to know that we in the Conservative Party, and I, will repay your trust."

 

Brexit was widely seen as the decisive factor in the election, with Johnson's promise to take Britain out of the EU by Jan. 31, 2020, winning over many former Labour voters.

 

"What an incredible thing you have done, you have changed the political landscape, you’ve changed the Conservative Party for the better and you've changed the future of our country for the better," said Johnson.

 

"First of all, what are we going to do to repay that trust? We are going to get Brexit done."

 

Johnson, who called the snap election to break years of deadlock in parliament over Brexit, has also promised to spend more money on health, education and the police.

 

Addressing newly elected Conservative lawmakers, Johnson evoked Blair's own words on taking office.

 

"When we get down to Westminster and we begin our work, remember we are not the masters, we are the servants now...and our job is to serve the people of this country and to deliver on our priorities. And our priorities and their priorities are the same," he said.

 

(Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Gareth Jones/Mark Heinrich)

 

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17 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

"When we get down to Westminster and we begin our work, remember we are not the masters, we are the servants now...and our job is to serve the people of this country and to deliver on our priorities. And our priorities and their priorities are the same," he said.

Going to engineer an even softer Brexit than May, I bet. 

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

'I will repay your trust', UK PM Johnson tells ex-Labour voters on trip to north

Failed to keep promises since the beginning, guess if he will keep now, i mean the one to his voters.

He will keep promise to US NHS and much more free to them for their support in having him got elected.

Conservatives shall prepare now for UKexit from Scotts, Welsh, Irish who does not want such "wigged gentleman" as a leader.
 

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He will need to make choices.

On the one hand tax cuts, and rate of return for investment funds. On the other hand social care, wages, and infrastructures.

Let me guess.....

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I hail from the north, in the area where there was a massive shift from labour, most of people are fair minded and have clearly put politics aside to vote for the will of the majority, as per the referendum.

Next time they will probably revert, but for now they have put the wishes of the country first, credit due to them.

 

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"I will repay your trust - or I will die in a ditch." Something like that?

But then, the majority of the UK voters voted for that serial liar. Now nobody should be surprised if they discover that he not only was a serial liar but probably continues to be a serial liar.

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2 hours ago, rhyddid said:

Failed to keep promises since the beginning, guess if he will keep now, i mean the one to his voters.

He will keep promise to US NHS and much more free to them for their support in having him got elected.

Conservatives shall prepare now for UKexit from Scotts, Welsh, Irish who does not want such "wigged gentleman" as a leader.
 

"Conservatives shall prepare now for UKexit from Scotts, Welsh, Irish who does not want such "wigged gentleman" as a leader."

 

What makes you think that the Welsh will be going anywhere, the people of Wales have spoken and they said Tory.

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