Britain’s Labour Party takes over parliament, King Charles III installs prime minister Friday

July 5, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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UNITED KINGDOM — GREAT BRITAIN’S LABOUR PARTY WON A LANDSLIDE VICTORY in Thursday’s Parliamentary elections, taking power from the Conservative Party for the first time in 14 years. Voters in Great Britain elect Members of Parliament to represent them in local geographic constituencies. The political party that gets the most votes gains seats in the House of Commons, the minimum number for a majority being 326. That party’s leader is then elected Prime Minister. The Labour Party won 410 seats; its leader, 61-year-old Keir Starmer, thus became the next prime minister and took office in a shorter period than the two months between U.S. elections and inaugural day. A new Prime Minister can only assume power by the consent of the King in a meticulously choreographed ceremony on Friday morning, July 5. King Charles III formally asked Starmer to form a new government. Starmer moved into 10 Downing Street, the official office and residence of Britain’s prime ministers.

As this all happened, the U.S. celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain 248 years ago. The two nations are now close allies.

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