Christian Leaders in UK Call for Hope and Prayer After Historic Election Gives PM Boris Johnson Majority in Parliament

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to “get Brexit done” after the Conservatives secured a huge majority in the general election on Thursday. 

He said that the election result signaled a “new dawn” after years of division over Brexit.

“I want to thank the people of this country for turning out to vote in a December election that we didn’t want to call but which I think has turned out to be a historic election,” he said.

“The people want change,” he said. “We cannot and we must not let them down.”

Jeremy Corbyn said he would not lead the Labour Party in another General Election after calling it a “very disappointing night.”

“Brexit has so polarized and divided debate in this country, it has overridden so much of a normal political debate,” he said.

“I recognize that has contributed to the results that the Labour Party has received this evening all across this country.”

It was a dismal night for the Lib Dems, with Jo Swinson stepping down as party leader after losing her own seat in East Dumbartonshire.

In a speech after her defeat last night, she said, “Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for these values that guide our liberal movement: openness, fairness, inclusivity. We will stand up for hope.”

Former Lib Dem leader and committed Christian Tim Farron had a better night, holding onto his Westmorland and Lonsdale seat with an increased majority.

It was a mixed night for other Christian MPs, with Labour MP Stephen Timms retaining his East Ham seat while David Burrowes failed to be re-elected to Enfield Southgate.

Dominic Grieve, a key Brexit player and a Patron of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, lost his Beaconsfield seat, which he was running for as an independent. He had represented the constituency for the last 22 years.

Commenting on his defeat, he said, “Thank you for all the support. We fought the good fight.”

Tweeting on election day yesterday, the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt. Rev. Nick Baines, called for more honesty in politics.

“Whichever party gets into government today, we must demand of them honesty, integrity and truthfulness. The lying has to stop,” he said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Christian Today