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Boris Johnson hails Brexit mandate as Tories make major gains into Labour heartlands

Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving his victory speech. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson claimed a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done" as his gamble of a pre-Christmas election paid off.

The PM strengthened his grip on his Commons seat on a night which saw the Tories make major - and in many cases unexpected - gains across the country in Labour heartlands.

The Prime Minister retained his own seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip after finishing 7,210 votes ahead of his Labour opponent, increasing his personal majority by more than 2,000 from 2017.

Mr Johnson was joined by his partner Carrie Symonds and their dog Dilyn at the Indoor Athletics Centre at Brunel University London, in Uxbridge.

“It does look as though this One Nation Conservative government has been given a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done,” Mr Johnson declared in his victory speech.

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In his acceptance speech, Mr Johnson said: “I don’t want to tempt fate because clearly lots of results are still coming in and we’re still only dealing with projections but at this stage it does look as though this one nation Conservative Government has been given a powerful new mandate – to get Brexit done.”

A man dressed as Ronald McDonald shouted “do it” and “no surrender, Boris” as Mr Johnson spoke about Brexit.

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The Conservative Party leader went on: “And not just to get Brexit done, but to unite this country and to take it forward and to focus on the priorities of the British people, and above all, on the NHS.”

He repeated campaign slogans on nurses, GPs and hospitals before adding: “And I am grateful, I am grateful once again, to the people of Uxbridge and South Ruislip for returning me to serve you.

“It is an absolute privilege to do this job and to work for you.”

A scuffle had also taken place minutes before Mr Johnson arrived at the venue.

Dilyn did not seem phased by the rowdy atmosphere as he was seen yawning minutes before the result was announced, despite being surrounded by photographers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Mr Johnson arrived to cheers from Tory supporters, with shouts of “well done” also heard.

A bin was knocked over in the media scrum as he moved through the venue.

Labour had been hoping to cause a shock upset by unseating the PM but it failed to materialise.

Mr Johnson appeared on stage where it was confirmed he had defeated Labour’s Ali Milani by 25,351 votes to 18,141.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving his victory speech Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Mr Milani described it as a “disappointing result” for Labour, adding: “Change is coming, it’s just not coming today.”

The Liberal Democrats were a distant third while fringe candidates Count Binface and Lord Buckethead were well back.

Turnout was 68.75%.