Election 24

General Election: Greater Manchester reacts to Labour landslide

Yesterday, millions went to their local polling stations to vote for their local MP but also the next Prime Minister.

Labour won with a landslide and are back in power after 14 years taking over from the Conservatives, but what will Sir Keir Starmer introduce, or takeaway, now he is in number 10?

Mancunian Matters Reporter Ollie Dennett spoke to the locals of Greater Manchester to hear what they thought.

Sarah Brown, who did a postal vote said: “I am delighted, I have been socialist all my life.

“Absolutely delighted, I’ve always been a Labour supporter so I am glad to see the back of Rishi, as we haven’t voted in a tory PM for a few years.

“I’m not anticipating an enormous amount of change, as we are in dire straits as a country, but hoping for stability, honesty and slow progress to a better future as I worry about my grandchildren.”

Mary Keefe who voted Labour said: “I hope he [Sir Keir] won’t put any tax on pensions as I’m a pensioner on a fixed income, as long as he keeps to his promises.

“Leaders don’t know what it’s like [to live] about worrying about next gas or electric bill, or how you can get a decent food shop.”

“I did postal vote, I didn’t vote for Labour, I accepted the result, there was no alternative and we will now see what happens,” said Darren Friston.

Higher education worker Janine Holdway said: “I am hoping for a big change on everything they promise, Keir has to deliver now. The conservatives and their corruption, lack of confidence and failure to deliver meant they were a party in complete disarray.

“The country voted with their crosses.

“I would love to see investment in local government, the health service and higher education by a party that is united, but I know its a heck of a job turning this around.”

“It is a bit worrying Labour has moved so right wing and they’re allowing the rise of fascism by being this way.

“I voted Green yesterday and taxing the rich along with ending homelessness is what’s important to me,” said Jennifer Patrick.

Eddie Austin wanted to keep his vote private. He said: “I think its a predictable result, I think the expectation from voters was for politicians to behave different so the result wasn’t a shock.

“As long as things aren’t reactive and the economy goes in the right direction and issues around welfare and employment are retained, why radicalised something we are already comfortable with.”

Conservative voter Grant Thornton said: “I think it was inevitable it would change, but don’t think there will be much difference, I didn’t expect anything less than this, despite the party I voted for not getting in.”

A number of high profile politicians have lost their seats.

These include former prime minister Liz Truss who had been MP for South West Norfolk since 2010 losing her seat to Labour.

Jacob Rees Mogg is another high-profile Tory to have lost his seat. Labour unseated him in North East Somerset and Hanham, which he has represented since 2010.

Former Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has been voted out of parliament after 19 years as the MP for Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

Commons leader Penny Mordaunt has been unseated by Labour in Portsmouth North. The reason this is such a shock is although she has been an MP since 2010, Mordaunt was seen as a potential replacement for Rishi Sunak.

Meanwhile another shock of an MP sworn in was Reform candidate Nigel Farage who won his seat in Clacton, with 21,225 votes, a majority of 8,405, describing the result as “truly extraordinary”.

In Greater Manchester out of 27 seats, Labour won 25 seats with Liberal Democrats winning two and none going to Conservatives.

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