Boris Johnson’s share of the vote was just one percentage point higher than Theresa May’s. Instead of a hung parliament, it translated into a majority of 80 with key victories in Labour heartland seats epitomised by taking Tony Blair’s former seat of Sedgefield and Dennis Skinner’s Bolsover seat. Confident of a five-year term if he wants it, this new political geography will have significant impact on Boris’ agenda. As the dust settles, what next for Brexit, how quickly can he ‘get it done’, what will be his other domestic priorities, and what are the implications for the Union given the SNP’s strong showing in Scotland? And where does a demoralised Labour party go from here?
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