British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in Thursday’s election.
Speaking to cheering supporters at a cricket club in Sedgefield — the constituency once held by Labour former prime minister Tony Blair — Johnson acknowledged the seismic shift that helped sweep him to victory.
“I know that people may have been breaking the voting habits of generations to vote for us,” he said. “And I want the people of the northeast to know that we in the Conservative Party and I will repay your trust.”
In a victory speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday, Johnson called for an end to the acrimony that has festered throughout the country since the 2016 Brexit referendum, and urged Britain to “let the healing begin.”
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