UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won a resounding election victory after the Conservatives swept aside Labour in its traditional heartlands.

The prime minister said it would give him a mandate to “get Brexit done” and take the UK out of the EU next month.

That means the Conservatives will have their biggest majority at Westminster since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election victory.

Labour, which has lost seats across the North, Midlands and Wales in places which backed Brexit in 2016, is facing its worst defeat since 1935.

Johnson has addressed cheering party workers at Conservative headquarters, telling them there has been a political earthquake, with the Tories winning a “stonking” mandate, from Kensington to Clwyd South.

Speaking earlier at his count in Uxbridge, west London, Johnson said it looks like his party has been given a powerful new mandate to take the UK out of the European Union.

“It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.

“I think this will turn out to be a historic election that gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the British people,” Johnson said.

Boris Johnson became prime minister in July without a general election, after the Conservative Party elected him as leader to replace Theresa May.

Labour’s vote is down around 8 percent on the 2017 general election, with the Tories up by just over 1 percent and the smaller parties having a better night.

SOURCE-RADIO NEW ZEALAND

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