Sir Keir Starmer becomes Prime Minister after meeting the King at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III welcomes Sir Keir Starmer during an audience at Buckingham Palace, where he invited the leader of the Labour Party to become Prime Minister and form a new government
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Sir Keir Starmer has become Prime Minister after a Labour landslide which saw former premier Liz Truss and a dozen Tory cabinet members lose their seats. Rishi Sunak left Number 10 earlier this morning after apologising to the general public, campaigners and his remaining Tory MPs.

The ex-prime minister announced his intention to quit as Tory leader after the party suffered its worst ever result. Sir Keir became Prime Minister after meeting the King at Buckingham Palace following the resignation of Mr Sunak.

Sir Keir was expected to make an announcement from Downing Street - his new home - at 12.30pm. It comes after a historic win for the Labour party, securing a huge majority of 176, though two constituencies have yet to announce their results at time of writing.

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In a farewell statement in Downing Street, Mr Sunak said: “To the country, I would like to say first and foremost, I am sorry. I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters.

“I have heard your anger, your disappointment, and I take responsibility for this loss.” The Conservative Party have just 121 MPs remaining - with Rishi Sunak keeping his Yorkshire seat. Other big-name Tories were not so fortunate, including former Prime Minister Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Penny Mordaunt.

After 648 of the 650 Commons seats had been declared, Labour had a majority of 176 Labour had 412 seats and the Tories 121.

Mr Sunak said: “Following this result I will step down as party leader – not immediately, but once the formal arrangements for selecting my successor are in place. It is important that, after 14 years in government, the Conservative Party rebuilds, but also that it takes up its crucial role in opposition professionally and effectively.”

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The King received in Audience The Right Honourable Sir Keir Starmer MP today and requested him to form a new Administration. Sir Keir accepted His Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury.”