UK General Election 2024 Results

Labour has won the UK general election 2024 with a substantial majority to form the next government.

With 412 seats and a 174 majority Sir Keir Starmer will become the next Prime Minister.  In his victory speech he said “change begins now.”

In response to the UK general election 2024 results

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) said: “The results of the election have delivered a clear mandate for Labour. While the campaign showed that children’s early years were a priority for voters, we haven’t seen the main political parties give the issue the focus it deserves.

“Labour has made a number of pledges on early education and care throughout the campaign. The sector is eager to see more detail and providers want to be able to do the best for all our children, so we need to be engaged in any discussions about how their plans can be delivered.

“The urgent challenges the sector is facing around underfunding and the workforce must be a priority for the new government. We wait to hear the announcement on new ministerial appointments and we will work closely with ministers and senior civil servants to ensure early education and childcare is a priority and we can focus on solutions that will make a difference.

“We know that investing in children’s early education and care is the best way to give them the best start in life, support parents who want to work and boost local economies. The work starts now to ensure our sector, and the amazing people who work in it, are properly supported to make the first five years count for our youngest children.”

Key Points from the 2024 general election results:

  • A landslide victory for Labour
  • Conservatives suffer significant loses including eight cabinet ministers losing their seats
  • In Scotland the SNP lost 38 seats with Labour winning 37 seats with some still to declare
  • Conservatives lose all seats in Wales
  • Liberal Democrats on 71 so far, gain the highest number of seats since 1923
  • Plaid Cymru increase their seats by two to a total of four
  • Nigel Farage wins a seat in Clacton for Reform who have four MPs
  • The Green Party also won four seats.

Bridget Phillipson has been appointed the new Education Secretary and has written to everyone working in education, including early years, about the Government’s plans and agenda.

Commenting on the appointment Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association said: “Education starts with the learning and development that takes place in the first five years. We look forward to working with the new Education Secretary, Bridget Phillipson, as our children’s early education and care must be a top priority.

“Labour has committed to improved outcomes for children in early years, supporting best practice in maths and finding ways to deliver the promised expansion in funded places by next September.

“We want to see the new government work together with the sector in tackling challenges facing providers on funding, workforce, meeting children’s needs and regulation. Our manifesto for early education and care addresses solutions where the sector can work with the Government to deliver the high-quality early education and care we all want to see for our youngest children.

“Investing in children makes a difference that lasts a lifetime. The first five years of a child’s life count and when it comes to building for the future, the foundations are laid in the Early Years.”

Stephen Morgan MP has been appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education.  Posting on X he said: ‘Every child deserves to get the best start in life.  Honoured to be joining @bphillipsonMP’s Ministerial team @educationgovuk to deliver better childcare and early education.’

In response to the appointment Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)  said: “The early education and care is an inspiring sector, shaping the future of our youngest children. Providers and practitioners work tirelessly to support children in their development, offering much needed reassurance to parents. We look forward to working with the new Minister Stephen Morgan on giving children the best start in life through high-quality early education and care.

“The Minister takes up his role at a time when the sector is facing a number of challenges ahead of expansion. We want to work with him and the team to offer constructive solutions to some of the challenges providers face on the frontline.

“If we make the first five years count we know that it improves outcomes for children, shapes their lifelong learning and boosts the economy.”

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