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University of Essex professor talks General Election results

Boris Johnson's win has seen the Conservatives secure a huge victory in the Anglia region winning all but six constituencies.

The prime minister hailed his stunning election victory, stating that "we smashed the roadblock, we ended the gridlock".

Addressing supporters and party workers in central London on Friday morning, Mr Johnson celebrated the "biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s".

Professor Paul Whiteley from the University of Essex has given his lowdown on the sweeping election results.

Boris Johnson has hailed his stunning election victory. Credit: ITV Anglia News

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, he said: “This is an election which has decisively ended the turmoil we’ve seen in Parliament over the last two, three years. It’s decided what the future path is of Brexit so from that point of view its quite important.”

Prof Whiteley says the dynamics of party support have proved interesting. “We have not seen changes over the last year or so in voting support ever since the first polls were produced in the 1930s. It’s been really interesting in terms of electoral volatility,” he said.

Jeremy Corbyn denies he was the root cause of Labour's defeat.

On Labour’s defeat, Mr Whiteley went on to say the party suffered from “Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the fence over Brexit.” He added: “Boris Johnson wasn’t all that popular by historical standards but Jeremy Corbyn was much less popular, I think this in the end, plus the ambiguity over Brexit, made Labour’s task very difficult.”

  • Watch a clip from Professor Paul Whiteley’s interview with ITV News Anglia here: