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British election: Desertion by Labour voters aided Tory victory

Crippling lack of credibility of Johnson's opponents was deciding factor in election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was justified in grinning broadly as he emerged yesterday from Buckingham Palace, after being entrusted by Queen Elizabeth with the formation of a new government.

For not only has Mr Johnson scored a major electoral victory - his ruling Conservatives now enjoy their biggest majority since the party's heyday back in the 1980s - but he has also transformed the country's political map, and seized powers to shape Britain's future for perhaps decades to come.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2019, with the headline 'Desertion by Labour voters aided Tory victory'. Subscribe