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‘Johnson unleashed’: what the papers say about the Conservative election ‘landslide’
Warren Murray, Groon, Dec 13 2019

Front pages of the UK papers on the day general election results pointed to a major victory for the Tories.

The election results make it clear that Tory MPs will comprise the many and Labour will be the few in the next parliament. Here is how the papers cover it this morning. “Labour in meltdown as Johnson seizes majority.” That’s the Guardian after a calamitous election result for Jeremy Corbyn. The paper gets into its final edition the Labour leader’s speech saying he will not lead the party into the next election, but intends to cling to the helm to oversee a “period of reflection.”

Guardian final edition, Friday Dec 13 2019.

“Johnson unleashed” says the i, adding:

Brexit in 49 days after Midlands and North tire of delay.

“Exit polls point to vindication for Johnson with huge Tory majority” says the FT, which also reports that the SNP is on course to take 55 of 59 Scottish seats.

“The British lion roars for Boris and Brexit,” the late edition of the Express, which in its earlier editions hailed “Victory for Boris AND for Brexit”.

Daily Express late edition, Friday Dec 13 2019. Photo: Daily Express.

“The Dog’s Bollox” says the Sun in early editions, with the X done as the cross on a ballot paper. Its final version has “Carrie on Boris” picturing the returned PM and his girlfriend.

Sun final edition, Friday Dec 13 2019. Photo: Sun

The Times says:

Election poll points to Johnson landslide.

In its late edition the Telegraph goes with “Johnson’s historic victory,” dropping the “landslide” headline it ran in earlier versions.

Photo: Telegraph

The Mail in its final edition enthuses:

Rejoice! Boris surges to landslide win.

Daily Mail final edition, Friday Dec 13 2019. Photo: Daily Mail

But the Mirror calls the outcome a “Nightmare before Xmas” as it laments the “worst Labour result since 1935.”

And we’ll leave you with the Metro’s 3 am edition: “Landslide for Boris.”

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