British PM Boris Jhonson wins General Elections in UK; 15 Indian-origin politicians elected to House of Commons
   14-Dec-2019
 
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British PM Boris Jhonson wins General Elections in UK; 15 Indian-origin politicians elected to House of Commons
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the UK General Election as his Conservative Party obtained majority in the parliament, crossing the magic number of 326. Johnson hailed the victory as a powerful new mandate to move forward with his deal to leave European Union, the 28-member economic bloc.
 
While the Conservative Party has registered a thumping majority by winning 365 seats, the Labour Party finished on 203. The SNP got 48 seats, Liberal Democrats 11 and the DUP eight. After the disastrous performance for the Labour Party, its leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would be stepping down.
 
The election had been called by Johnson in a bid to win a majority for his Conservative Party and break the Commons deadlock over Brexit. Now, the UK is all set to leave the European Union (EU) in the New Year.
 
The UK's Indian diaspora today hailed the impressive victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the historic General Election.
 
15 Indian-origin politicians elected to House of Commons
When the results of the historic general elections were announced, 15 Indian-origin politicians have entered the House of Commons.
Indian-origin candidates across both the Conservative and Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each. A dozen MPs have retained their seats.
According to reports, the former UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is likely to remain in Johnson's top team in the new Cabinet, after her comfortable win.
Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho won for the Conservative Party, Navendru Mishra for Labour and Munira Wilson for the Liberal Democrats is among the first-timers.
Among other winners are former International Development Minister Alok Sharma, Shailesh Vara, Goan-origin Suella Braverman, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill, Virendra Sharma among others.