Boris Johnson's pledge to first time Tory voters after landslide victory

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed not to take new Tory support for granted after the Conservative’s landslide victory.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 8:59 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 3:24 pm

In his victory speech Mr Johnson said the party would not take their support for granted after the Conservatives took 24 Labour heartland seats including seven in the North East.

Bishop Auckland, Blyth Valley, Darlington, Durham North West, Sedgefield, Redcar and Stockton South all swung from Labour to Conservative.

He said: "I have a message to all those who voted for us yesterday, especially those who voted for us Conservatives, one nation Conservatives for the first time.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday December 13, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday December 13, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"You may only have lent us your vote and you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory.

"And as I think I said 11 years ago to the people of London when I was elected in what was thought of as a Labour city, your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour next time round.

"And if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me, and that you have put your trust in us. And I, and we, will never take your support for granted.

"And I will make it my mission to work night and day, flat out, to prove you right in voting for me this time, and to earn your support in the future. And I say to you that in this election your voice has been heard and about time too.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving his victory speech after winning the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday December 13, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Johnson and the Conservatives campaigned on a strong ‘Get Brexit Done’ message which won support in leave-voting traditionally Labour seats.

Mr Johnson went on to say: “We politicians have squandered the last three years, three-and-a-half years, in squabbles about Brexit - we've even been arguing about arguing, and about the tone of our arguments.

"And I will put an end to all that nonsense, and we will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.

"Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.

The shock results has seen the Conservatives gain 47 seats compared to the 2017 results.

Mr Johnson said: “I repeat that in winning this election we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before and people have always voted for other parties. Those people want change. We cannot, must not, must not, let them down.

"And in delivering change we must change too.

"We must recognise the incredible reality that we now speak as a one nation Conservative Party literally for everyone from Woking to Workington, from Kensington I'm proud to say to Clwyd South, from Surrey Heath to Sedgefield, from Wimbledon to Wolverhampton.

"And as the nation hands us this historic mandate we must rise to the challenge and to the level of expectations.

"And Parliament must change so that we in Parliament are working for you the British people.

"And that is what we will now do, isn't it? That is what we will now do. Let's go out, let's go out and get on with it.

"Let's unite this country, let's spread opportunity to every corner of the UK, with superb education, superb infrastructure, and technology.

"Let's get Brexit done.

"But first, my friends, let's get breakfast done too.

"Thank you all, thank you all very much for coming, thank you all very much, thank you all, thank you, thank you."

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