UK election live news: Shapps and Chalk lose seats in Tory wipeout; Farage wins in Clacton; Starmer says it is time for Labour ‘to deliver’

Rachel Reeves has been confirmed as the new chancellor. She is the first woman to hold the post in its 800-year history.

It means she has broken one of the few “glass ceilings’ left for women in British politics. (We have still not had a woman serve as clerk of the Commons, another post that goes back to the middle ages.)

No 10 has confirmed that Angela Rayner will be deputy PM, and secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities (the job she shadowed in opposition).

Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow business secretary, has arrived in Downing Street for his meeting with Keir Starmer.

They are not wasting time in Downing Street. Peter Kyle, the shadow science secretary, and Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, have already gone in, and Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has just arrived at the door.

Anneliese Dodds, the Labour chair and shadow secretary for women and equalities, is waiting her turn by the gates to No 10, according to the TV footage.

Labour’s Diane Abbott will be mother of the House in the new parliament (the longest-serving female MP). This is from the Fawcett Society offering its congratulations.

And Jeremy Corbyn, Abbott’s friend and ally who was re-elected last night as an independent, having been thrown out of Labour, has narrowly missed being father of the House (its longest-serving male MP). As PA Media reports, the Tory Edward Leigh, 73, MP for Gainsborough, pipped him to the title, because he was sworn in moments before Corbyn after the June 1983 election.

Abbott was only allowed to stand for election for Labour at the last minute. She had been suspended from the parliamentary party over a letter she wrote to the Observer last year, and it was widely assumed that Starmer’s allies at party HQ were determined to block her being a candidate. There was also talk of her agreeing to stand down with dignity, having been readmitted to the PLP. But Abbott was allowed to stand as a Labour candidate, and decided to run, after a newspaper briefing saying she would be blocked caused an angry backlash in the party.

David Lammy has arrived in Downing Street. He is due to become foreign secretary, having shadowed the post in opposition.

And Rachel Reeves has arrived at Downing Street. We know she is going to be chancellor because this was one of the few appointments Keir Starmer confirmed before the election.

Ben Quinn has video of the protest at the Farage event.

Nigel Farage claims the protesters may be actors.

(This is the allegation he made about the Channel 4 News exposé showing racism amongst his activists. There is no evidence to support this.)

Nigel Farage, the Reform UK leader, is about to give a speech in Westminster. There is a live feed at the top of the blog. As he was starting a heckler started interrupting him, who had to be escorted out.

A second protester is now doing the same. “Boring,” Farage shouts repeatedly. He says this will be good prepartion for the barracking he will get in the Commons.

Pat McFadden, Labour’ national campaign coordinator, has just arrived at No 10. He was also a shadow Cabinet Office minister. He is expected to play a very big role in Keir Starmer’s government, although as yet we do not know what his role will be.

Angela Rayner has just arrived in Downing Street. Labour’s elected deputy leader, she will be deputy PM in Keir Starmer’s government

Marina Hyde has filed her take on the election. Here’s an extract.

The Tories have cycled through five prime ministers over the past eight years, to the point where they were recently found going through the rubbish, pulling the first guy back out, thinking, “Actually, he doesn’t look half bad now,” and making him foreign secretary. This is the behaviour of addicts.

Not that they have the monopoly on erraticism. Any dispassionate view of these results suggests the fabled post-Brexit “realignment” is more of a dealignment – the huge sweeping gains of this or that political moment able to be reversed in previously unthinkable timespans. Volatility might now be our defining electoral characteristic, and a rise in sectarian politics cannot and should not be ignored. Because hey – what’s the worst that can happen with that one? Meanwhile, many people who derided the simplistic “Get Brexit done” slogan in 2019 have pretended not to notice that the winner here went out under the even more gnomic banner of “Change”.

 

Updated: Juli 5, 2024 — 2:53 am

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