General Election 2024 RECAP: Sir Keir Starmer Prime Minister after Labour landslide (2024)

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Key Events King Charles tells Keir Starmer 'you must be exhausted' in private audience with new PM WATCH: The King's audience with Keir Starmer as he requests to form a new administration Ian Murray MP, Secretary of State for Scotland "Go on my son": Farage celebrates fifth reform MP Lisa Nandy named Culture Secretary Edinburgh MP Ian Murray appointed Scottish Secretary as Keir Starmer names Cabinet 'I'm determined to save our NHS' Reform win fifth seat after recount Planet Holyrood: Sturgeon’s fall from grace and SNP incompetence led to election annihilation Lammy says job now is 'tireless diplomacy' to end Israel-Gaza conflict Netanyahu aims for ‘peace’ with Starmer as pro-Gaza candidates beat Labour Lammy calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire Reeves says historic role "a huge privilege" Ian Murray among Labour team in Downing Street More cabinet appointments announced Reeves: “The central mission of this new Government will be to restore economic growth." "No time to waste" Michael Gove sends his congratulations New Home Secretary talks about neighbourhood police and border security More frontbenchers arrive at No 10 David Lammy: New appointment is "honour of my life" Shabana Mahmood named Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Rishi Sunak viewers hilariously distracted by his wife during resignation speech Ian Murray arrives at No 10 David Lammy appointed as Foreign Secretary. WATCH: Keir Starmer enters 10 Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister Starmer appoints UK's first female Chancellor WATCH: Nigel Farage heckled by protestors Angela Rayner appointed Deputy PM Channel 4 branded 'stitch-up merchants' References

Sir Keir Starmer is officially the Prime Minister, after Labour swept into power on a night which ended the SNP’s electoral dominance in Scotland and saw voters punish the Tories across the UK after 14 often chaotic years in charge.

Sir Keir wasted no time in appointing his cabinet, with Angela Rayner named his Deputy PM, David Lammy installed as Foreign Secretary and, in a historic first, Rachel Reeves confirmed as Britain’s first woman chancellor,

It was an incredible night for Labour - and a night to forget for both the Tories and the SNP.

Outgoing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conceded defeat before all the results were in, and later announced he would step down as Conservative leader.

He had seen high-profile colleagues lose their seats, with former PM Liz Truss, leader of the Commons Penny Mordaunt and Defence Secretary Grant Shapps among the senior Conservatives defeated, while outgoing Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross failed in his bid to be re-elected to Westminster.

In Scotland, recently appointed SNP leader John Swinney looked set to fight on after a miserable night, but the dominance of his party has been shattered after voters cut their 38 MPs down to just 9.

There is one Scottish seat left to be declared. Inverness, Skye and West Ross-Shire will not be announced until Saturday so we won't have a final result today but Lib Dem sources are confident they can take the scalp of the SNP.

Re-live every twist and turn of an extraordinary night as it happened below.

Key Events

  • Edinburgh MP Ian Murray appointed Scottish Secretary as Keir Starmer names Cabinet

  • Planet Holyrood: Sturgeon’s fall from grace and SNP incompetence led to election annihilation

  • Lammy calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

  • Reeves: “The central mission of this new Government will be to restore economic growth."

  • David Lammy appointed as Foreign Secretary.

Gareth Edwards

King Charles tells Keir Starmer 'you must be exhausted' in private audience with new PM

King Charles told Sir Keir Starmer he "must be exhausted" and "nearly on your knees" during a private audience with the Prime Minister.

The King played a central role during the busy aftermath of the General Election, which left the Conservatives reeling following a crushing defeat by the Labour Party, which won by a landslide.

Sir Keir was welcomed at Buckingham Palace today, Friday, July 5, for a private audience with the monarch on his appointment as Prime Minister.

READ MORE:King Charles tells Keir Starmer 'you must be exhausted' in private audience with new PM

Gareth Edwards

WATCH: The King's audience with Keir Starmer as he requests to form a new administration

Gareth Edwards

Ian Murray MP, Secretary of State for Scotland

The official 10 Downing Street 'X' (formerly Twitter) account has been posting announcements of the new cabinet members as Sir Keir Starmer assembles his team.

And among them is Edinburgh MP Ian Murray, who takes on the rold of Secretary of State for Scotland.

Ian Murray MP @IanMurrayMP has been appointed Secretary of State for Scotland @UKGovScotland. pic.twitter.com/tBzOZFUNjT

— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) July 5, 2024

Gareth Edwards

"Go on my son": Farage celebrates fifth reform MP

Nigel Farage said “go on my son” after Reform UK won their fifth parliamentary seat.

After a recount, Reform UK won the Basildon South and East Thurrock constituency with a majority of just 98 votes from Labour candidate Jack Ferguson.

“Our candidate James McMurdock was a paper candidate, drafted in at the last minute, former city boy, and he was absolutely neck and neck with Labour,” Mr Farage said in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“So I rang him up and said ‘Look, give me the name of your agent, so I can find out what’s happening because they were on the third recount’ – he said ‘I haven’t got an agent. I’m my own agent.’

“I said, ‘well, who’s in the hall watching the vote count? And he said ‘my mum and dad’ – and he’s won. He’s an MP – go on my son!”

Gareth Edwards

Lisa Nandy named Culture Secretary

In the first surprise of Sir Keir Starmer’s Cabinet assembly, Lisa Nandy was promoted to Culture Secretary.

It comes after the holder of the brief in his shadow cabinet, Thangam Debbonaire, lost her Bristol Central seat to the Green Party.

Ms Nandy was previously shadow cabinet minister for international development, having been demoted from shadow levelling up secretary in the Labour leader’s last reshuffle in 2023.

Other expected appointments announced by Downing Street saw Steve Reed named Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, Hilary Benn Northern Ireland Secretary, and Jo Stevens Secretary of State for Wales.

KEY EVENT

Edinburgh MP Ian Murray appointed Scottish Secretary as Keir Starmer names Cabinet

Ian Murray has been made Scottish Secretary after Labour's landslide election victory.

The Edinburgh South MP takes over the job from Tory Alister Jack as Keir Starmer named his Cabinet.

READ MORE: Edinburgh MP Ian Murray appointed Scottish Secretary as Keir Starmer names Cabinet

Gareth Edwards

'I'm determined to save our NHS'

Newly appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Wes Streeting posted on X: “The NHS saved my life. Now I’m determined to save our NHS. That work starts today.”

Gareth Edwards

Reform win fifth seat after recount

Reform UK have won a fifth seat in the General Election after a recount in the Basildon South and East Thurrock constituency.

James McMurdock won the seat with a majority of just 98 votes from Labour candidate Jack Ferguson.

KEY EVENT

Planet Holyrood: Sturgeon’s fall from grace and SNP incompetence led to election annihilation

The Planet Holyrood team have been dissecting a momentous 24 hours in Scottish and UK politics, looking at what went wrong for the SNP, how the Labour revival came about, the fall of Douglas Ross and what happens next.

Get the podcast here or watch the full video on YouTube.

Sturgeon’s fall from grace and SNP incompetence led to election annihilation - Planet Holyrood

Planet Holyrood Podcast: https://t.co/OvYlimDcig
Watch on YouTube: https://t.co/GWY3G2Gcws@SundaymailLorna | @HRwritesnews | @johncferguson | @Record_Politics pic.twitter.com/U5WDUCzqHR

— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) July 5, 2024

Gareth Edwards

Lammy says job now is 'tireless diplomacy' to end Israel-Gaza conflict

David Lammy said “all of us recognise the agony of communities” over the war in the Middle East when asked whether he accepted Labour has lost seats over its stance on Gaza.

The Foreign Secretary told broadcasters: “All of us recognise the agony of communities who have seen the scenes coming out of Israel and Gaza.

“But the job now is to get to work with tireless diplomacy to support an immediate ceasefire and move towards getting those hostages out.”

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Gareth Edwards

Netanyahu aims for ‘peace’ with Starmer as pro-Gaza candidates beat Labour

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Sir Keir Starmer on his election victory and said he hopes they can work towards “security and peace” after Labour were defeated in several seats by pro-Palestine candidates.

Mr Netanyahu posted on Friday to X: “On behalf of the State of Israel, I extend my warm congratulations to (Sir Keir) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“I am confident that we will continue working together to strengthen the historic friendship between the UK and Israel and to advance the twin goals of security and peace.”

He also thanked Rishi Sunak for “his friendship and support over the years”.

KEY EVENT

Lammy calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Newly appointed Foreign Secretary David Lammy has said he wants to see “an immediate ceasefire” in the Israel-Gaza conflict.

“I will do all I can diplomatically to support Joe Biden in bringing about that ceasefire,” he said speaking from the Foreign Office.

Asked by reporters if he would be willing to work with Donald Trump should he be re-elected, Mr Lammy said: “I will work closely with whoever is in the White House in the end. The US is a great democracy.

“In democracies, of course, there is debate and discussion and difference.

“We’ve seen that over the last six weeks in our own country, but the job of international security, the key partnership role that the UK and US play is hugely important.”

Gareth Edwards

Reeves says historic role "a huge privilege"

More from Rachel Reeves, who said becoming the first female Chancellor shows young women and girls “there should be no ceilings on your ambitions, your hopes or your dreams” but added she had a “deeper responsibility” to women whose work is often undervalued.

The Chancellor said: “It is also a huge privilege to be the first ever female Chancellor of the Exchequer.

“So every young woman and girl watching this: Let today show that there should be no ceilings on your ambitions, your hopes or your dreams.

“But there is a deeper responsibility too: To women whose work is too often undervalued.

“Who have borne the brunt of inequality.”

Gareth Edwards

Ian Murray among Labour team in Downing Street

No word yet on what role Edinburgh MP Ian Murray will take in the new government, but her certainly looked pleased arriving at No 10 earlier this afternoon.

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Gareth Edwards

More cabinet appointments announced

Sir Keir Starmer has named Liz Kendall Work and Pensions Secretary, Downing Street said as it announced the latest Cabinet appointments.

Jonathan Reynolds is Business and Trade Secretary and the president of the Board of Trade.

The new Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology is Peter Kyle.

Louise Haigh was made Transport Secretary, with all retaining the roles they held in the shadow cabinet.

KEY EVENT

Reeves: “The central mission of this new Government will be to restore economic growth."

More from new Chancellor Rachel Reeves, who said she wants the Labour Government to work “hand in glove with business” as she vowed its “central mission” would be to boost economic growth.

In an address to Treasury staff on Friday afternoon, she said: “The central mission of this new Government will be to restore economic growth.

“To deliver on this mission, I want this to be the most pro-growth Treasury in our country’s history. That will mean doing what the Treasury does best – building growth on a rock of economic stability.”

She said Labour would usher in a new era of industrial strategy as it embarks on its “energy transition.”

“Working hand-in-glove with business, to make sure Britain is truly open to business once again,” Ms Reeves said.

“And I know that in an uncertain world, if we can deliver the stability, investment and reform that the Prime Minister and I have set out, then Britain can reap the rewards.”

Gareth Edwards

"No time to waste"

Chancellor Rachel Reeves said “there is no time to waste” as she addressed Treasury staff for the first time.

She said: “I have been a Member of Parliament for 14 years now. And if I’m honest, I’ve spent a lot of those years frustrated. Talking, not doing. Responding to constituents’ problems, but not being able to get to the root cause of those problems.

“So as far as I’m concerned, there is no time to waste.

“I will judge my time in office a success if I know that, at the end of it, there are working-class kids from ordinary backgrounds living richer lives, their horizons expanded, and their potential realised.

“If we are leaving to the next generation a country that is more prosperous, with more good jobs paying decent wages, and a country better able to thrive in an uncertain world.”

Gareth Edwards

Michael Gove sends his congratulations

Michael Gove has congratulated Angela Rayner, who shadowed him as Levelling Up Secretary, for taking on the brief in Sir Keir Starmer’s Cabinet.

The senior Tory, who did not stand for re-election, tweeted: “Congratulations to @AngelaRayner on taking over such a wonderful department with a truly great team of civil servants – wishing her all the best on Levelling Up.”

Congratulations to @AngelaRayner on taking over such a wonderful department with a truly great team of civil servants - wishing her all the best on Levelling Up https://t.co/TPyyM6lg9g

— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) July 5, 2024

Gareth Edwards

New Home Secretary talks about neighbourhood police and border security

Yvette Cooper said that her first steps as Home Secretary would be to “get neighbourhood police back on our streets” and to set up a “new Border Security Command”.

Speaking outside the Home Office, she said: “The first duty of any government is to keep our country safe, to keep our communities safe and to keep our borders secure.

“That is why my first task as I go into the Home Office will be Labour’s first steps – which means trying to get neighbourhood police back on our streets, in our communities, and also setting up the new Border Security Command to go after the criminal boat gangs that are organising the dangerous boat crossings.

“We know there are a lot of challenges ahead and after 14 years there is some difficult legacy that we will inherit, and we know that that will mean hard graft and not gimmicks ahead in order to tackle that.

"We also know that it feels that our communities have faced damage, and often feel felt fractured and sometimes brittle as well, and our task has to be to bring people back together and to restore respect and to restore trust – as Keir Starmer has said today, to restore politics to public service as well.

“Let the change begin.”

Samantha Croal

More frontbenchers arrive at No 10

Darren Jones and Hilary Benn were among the next wave of Labour frontbenchers to arrive at Downing Street.

Mr Benn asked reporters: “Have you been rained on today?”

Steve Reed entered No 10 shortly afterwards.

A crowd remained outside Downing Street for several hours after Sir Keir Starmer’s speech.

Members of the public gathered behind railings cheered prospective members of the Prime Minister’s new Cabinet as they entered the famous street.

Samantha Croal

David Lammy: New appointment is "honour of my life"

David Lammy said it was “the honour of my life” to serve as the UK’s new Foreign Secretary.

He said in a tweet on X: “It is the honour of my life to be appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

“The world faces huge challenges, but we will navigate them with the UK’s enormous strengths.

“We will reconnect Britain for our security and prosperity at home.”

Samantha Croal

Shabana Mahmood named Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The next batch of Cabinet appointments announced by No 10 saw Shabana Mahmood named Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

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The former barrister, a key ally of the new Prime Minister, held on to her Birmingham Ladywood seat despite a challenge from an pro-Gaza Independent candidate.

Wes Streeting is the new Health Secretary after clinging on to his Ilford North seat by just a few hundred votes.

Bridget Phillipson has been appointed Education Secretary.

She became the first MP elected overnight as her constituency, Houghton and Sunderland South, was the first to declare results.

Sir Keir Starmer also appointed Ed Miliband Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

The MP for Doncaster North led the Labour party from 2010 to 2015.

Jo Stevens smiled at reporters as she walked into No 10 Downing Street.

She was followed by Baroness Smith of Basildon – the Labour leader in the House of Lords.

Gareth Edwards

Rishi Sunak viewers hilariously distracted by his wife during resignation speech

It might have been a big moment for the outgoing Prime Minister, but all eyes were on Rishi Sunak's wife as he delivered his resignation speech.

Sunak was outside 10 Downing Street to hand in his notice as both the PM and the leader of the Conservative Party this morning, after Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party secured a landslide victory in the General Election.

Behind him, his wife Akshata Murty stood in a navy and red striped dress clutching an umbrella - after Sunak was left drenched just weeks earlier as he called the General Election.

READ MORE: Rishi Sunak viewers hilariously distracted by his wife during resignation speech

Gareth Edwards

Ian Murray arrives at No 10

Lisa Nandy, Ian Murray, Louise Haigh, Lucy Powell and Liz Kendall were in the next wave of Labour frontbenchers to arrive at Downing Street as Sir Keir Starmer appoints his Government.

Ms Nandy walked into No 10 nearly a year after she was demoted from the shadow cabinet.

Wearing an all-grey suit, she smiled at reporters and entered the building at around 3.35pm.

Shortly afterwards new Chancellor Rachel Reeves left No 10 and appeared to head towards the Treasury.

KEY EVENT

David Lammy appointed as Foreign Secretary.

As Sir Keir Starmer’s first Cabinet announcements trickle in, David Lammy has been appointed as Foreign Secretary. There had been some questions over whether he would keep the role he held in the shadow cabinet after he kept a relatively low profile during the election campaign.

Yvette Cooper has been named Home Secretary and John Healey is the Defence Secretary, No 10 said.

Pat McFadden has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. As national campaign coordinator, he has played a central role in shaping Labour’s direction in the run-up to the election.

Gareth Edwards

WATCH: Keir Starmer enters 10 Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister

KEY EVENT

Starmer appoints UK's first female Chancellor

Rachel Reeves has been appointed Sir Keir Starmer’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, becoming the first woman to take charge of the Treasury.

The former Bank of England economist retains the brief she held in the shadow cabinet, as expected.

Read more here.

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Gareth Edwards

WATCH: Nigel Farage heckled by protestors

KEY EVENT

Angela Rayner appointed Deputy PM

Sir Keir Starmer has appointed Angela Rayner as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the first pick for his new Cabinet.

The Ashton-under-Lyne MP has also been named his Deputy Prime Minister, Downing Street has said.

Ms Rayner has served as Sir Keir’s deputy leader since 2020.

Gareth Edwards

Channel 4 branded 'stitch-up merchants'

Nigel Farage laughed and said “stitch-up merchants” as he was asked a question by Channel 4 News.

The Reform UK leader has launched a series of attacks against the broadcaster after it reported that a canvasser for his party had used racist language.

Channel 4 then asked him about the leadership and direction of the party, to which he responded that he would stay at the helm but indicated that by the 2029 election “somebody younger and better-looking” will have come along.

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