As Labour Wins The General Elections 2024, Starmer Says ‘Change Begins Immediately’

Following the UK general election on 4 July, the Labour Party came out with a “landslide victory”. Read on to learn about our new government, Labour’s approach, and its various policies and promises for leading the country.

New Government After Labour Wins the General Election

On the morning of 5 July, Britain woke to find itself with a brand-new government. After Labour won, its seats in the House of Commons totalled 412. This was its highest number since Sir Tony Blair’s historic win in 1997. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party’s seats were reduced to just 121 – the lowest in its history. 

The Liberal Democrats made something of a comeback—now Britain’s third-largest political Party with an all-time high of 72 seats. The Scottish National Party’s presence plummeted to a mere nine seats. As Labour wins the general election, this result has seen the highest number of female MPs ever elected to parliament.

For the past 14 years, Britain has been led by the Conservative Party, most recently under former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Britain’s first-ever British Asian Prime Minister. On Friday afternoon, after Labour won the general election, Sunak’s place was taken by 61-year-old Sir Keir Starmer. The new Prime Minister has already begun to form his cabinet, with Angela Rayner as deputy leader, Rachel Reeves as the first female Shadow Chancellor, and Yvette Cooper as Home Secretary.

Rishi Sunak praised the new Prime Minister and wished him well. Speaking of Sir Keir Starmer, he stated: “Whatever our disagreements in this campaign, he is a decent, public-spirited man who I respect.” For his part, Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to start implementing change at once. In his first speech as Prime Minister, he said: “Changing a country is not like flicking a switch. And the world is now a more volatile place. This will take a while. But have no doubt that the work of change begins immediately”.

After Labour Wins the General Election – What Changes Can We Expect?

The Labour Party’s Top Priorities

The Labour Party has made several promises over the past months concerning changes it plans to make if Labour wins the general election. These have been set out clearly in their Manifesto. But what are the Party’s priorities in this regard?

One of the Labour Party’s key plans is to provide economic stability to the UK. It has promised not to increase income tax, national insurance, or VAT rates and to cap corporation tax at 25%. Separately, it has vowed to reduce NHS waiting times by increasing the number of appointments by 40,000 per week. Additionally, it plans to prevent people trafficking by creating a “Border Security Command” and to counter anti-social behaviour by increasing police presence.

From an environmental perspective, the Labour Party proposes setting up a public company to provide clean energy nationwide. In addition to the environmental benefits, this is intended to create jobs and reduce energy bills. In education, Labour has promised to recruit 6,500 more teachers across the UK and to commence free breakfast clubs in all primary schools in England.

Employment Law Changes After Labour Wins the General Election

In its “New Deal for Working People”, the Labour Party has proposed extensive reforms to implement numerous employment law changes. Regarding employment support, Labour plans to combine the Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Service to help more people find work. It has also vowed to take account of the cost of living by changing the national minimum wage into a real living wage and abolishing different age bands for adults.

Labour has promised certain law reforms to help those in employment, too. These include banning zero-hours contracts and “firing and rehiring” practices and providing employees with more rights from their first day in a job. Moreover, Labour’s pledges to expand childcare by creating 3,000 new nurseries will provide working parents with greater assistance.

The Labour Party also plans to enforce its employment law changes by establishing a single enforcement body. The “Fair Work Agency” will have powers to investigate, impose financial sanctions, and prosecute employers which breach employment laws. The time limit for employees to bring claims against their employers is also to be extended from three to six months.

Get Employment Law Help

As Labour wins the general election, many employment law changes will be on the way. If you have any questions or require employment law help, contact us now. Redmans Solicitors are specialists in the sector and could answer your questions before providing expert advice.

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