'I didn't have anything in common with a billionaire' - Huddersfield reacts to Keir Starmer's victory

The dawn of a new Labour government under Sir Keir Starmer has left Huddersfield voters feeling hopeful - but some admitted feeling disillusioned and apathetic.

Some voters admitted feeling 'relieved' that the Conservatives had taken a battering and are no longer in power. YorkshireLive spent the morning in Huddersfield town centre to gauge opinion on Sir Keir's victory and Rishi Sunak's demise.

Improving the NHS and public services, and addressing cost of living issues, were two key issues raised by voters. Russell Turner, 54, who voted for the first time in a general election, said he felt 'relief' at the outcome having voted Labour.

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"I'm a working class lad and, hopefully, he (Starmer) might being improvements," he says.

Russell says that 'every' organisation and service that he uses appears to be 'flawed' and not working properly at the moment, from the NHS to mental health services. He wants the Labour government to prioritise improvements to public services.

While he's not particularly enthusiastic about Starmer, Russell likes his polices - and isn't a fan of Sunak, calling him a 'billionaire' and 'useless' as PM (Rishi and his wife are reported to have a net worth of £651m).

Russell says: "I didn't have anything in common with a billionaire. He should not be running the country... there are people working for the NHS who are going for food parcels."

Leah, 19, a university student, said she felt 'relived' at the Labour victory. She said: "I am so relieved. I am quite grateful for that (Tory defeat). I was on the phone to my mum and said that finally we have got Labour in."

Susan, 75, admitted to being apathetic, saying: "To be honest, I don't even care; they are all as bad as each other. I am disillusioned with the lot of them - they never keep their promises."

Susan isn't a fan of Starmer, saying: "I think he speaks with a forked tongue."

Tony, 66, didn't vote yesterday, and claimed: "They are all as corrupt as each other. I don't see any point (in voting)."

Tony has voted Labour in the past but didn't like Starmer for his comments about Margaret Thatcher last year in which he said the former PM had effected 'meaningful change' in Britain. Tony remembers the miners' strike of 1984-85 and said: "When he praised Thatcher (he) was finished for me."

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Tony described Nigel Farage as a 'loose cannon', and said he hadn't voted for two or three years. "The Tories, especially, looked after their own. What does a billionaire Prime Minister know about working people?"

Tony admitted that he had once voted for the late Huddersfield eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel. He added: "He stood in Paddock about 35 years ago for the Couldn't Care Less party. He got about 30 votes."

A woman in her 60s, who did not want to be named, said: "I'm glad they (the Tories) have gone. I believe it was just rich for the rich. I think he (Starmer) will do a good job."

Andy, in his 50s, claimed the Conservatives had 'knackered up' the country. He's hoping that Labour do well but he added: "Let's see what he does. I can't say what I want to say (about politicians). They all pee in the same pot."

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He wants to see fairness for ex-forces personnel and claimed 'illegal immigrants' were given accommodation ahead of ex-soldiers. He wants Starmer to make the benefits system less harsh, saying: "People that are disabled - they are making them work now."

Carole Townley, of Huddersfield, who voted Green, said she wanted Starmer to sort out the NHS, saying: "The health service is s***. It's a poor service."

Carole doesn't like Starmer, but added: "I hope he proves me wrong."

Rubina, 40, said the Labour government needed to sort out cost of living issues to help people. She said: "I hope they do a better job than Rishi and the mess that he left the country in."

Rubina said it was hard to find work with few jobs about. "Everyone is fed up of going to the Job Centre when there's no jobs."

A woman in her 40s who declined to give her name said she put her trust in God.

"I don't get involved in politics, I never have. My mother told me not to bother because they are all liars. I have never voted in my life. A Conservative guy came to my door and wanted me to vote for him. I said 'I don't know you'.

"I believe in God and believe God is going to sort things out."