Anti-Boris protesters have taken to the streets of London this evening in protest against the Prime Minister’s emphatic election win – but have been ridiculed for doing so just hours after his victory.
Hundreds descended on Whitehall, central London waving flags and placards around and shouting ‘not my Prime Minister’ just hours after Mr Johnson pledged to heal the divisions of Brexit, as he returned to Downing Street after securing a crushing General Election victory over Labour.
But despite almost 14million people voting in favour of Mr Johnson’s government, the comparatively tiny crowd, seemingly unable to get over the election result, continued to shout and protest chanting slogans including ‘to hell with Boris Johnson’ and ‘Boris, no, no, no’.
Dozens have called out the protesters for taking to the streets so soon after polls closed, and ridiculing them for thinking they will ‘overthrow’ the Prime Minister with such a small number.
Whitehall has been closed down as the sore loser anti-Boris Johnson protesters, surrounded by police, continue to cause chaos on the area, much to the irritation of many on Twitter. Hundreds of protesters were also at Trafalgar Square where clashes broke out with police.
A heavy police presence was seen close to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, which was cordoned off as the clashes broke out. Demonstrators carrying placards with the slogans ‘No to Boris Johnson’, ‘No to Racism’ and ‘Defy Tory Rule’ cried out ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ and let off red smoke flares during angry protests.
They travelled down Whitehall before moving towards Millbank and Horseferry Road, shouting ‘the people, united, we will never be defeated’.
As scuffles broke out, police were overheard shouting ‘box them in’ as they tried to contain the crowds with a cordon. The Metropolitan Police said an arrest had been made for criminal damage.
The Remainer protesters have been slammed on Twitter for protesting so soon after Mr Johnson’s emphatic election victory (above and below). Many have ridiculed the number of protesters and their unwillingness to accept the election result
Police are in attendance at the anti-Boris Johnson protest outside Downing Street this evening. Protesters were seen holding placards including ‘defy Tory rule’ and ‘no to racism’
Two protesters square up to a police officer as they bitterly demonstrate against Boris Johnson’s emphatic election win
A man with a bloodied nose is taken away by police during the anti-Boris demonstrations at Trafalgar Square this evening
People scuffle with police during an anti-Boris Johnson demonstration, at Trafalgar Square in central London. There were also protests outside Downing Street this evening
Police grab hold of one protester during an anti-Boris Johnson demonstration at Trafalgar Square in central London this evening
Hundreds of protesters have descended on the capital in the wake of Boris Johnson’s election victory. A heavy police presence was seen close to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, which was cordoned off as clashes broke out
Demonstrators carrying placards with the slogans No to Boris Johnson, No to Racism and Defy Tory Rule cried out ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ and let off red smoke flares during angry protests. They travelled down Whitehall before moving towards Millbank and Horseferry Road, shouting ‘the people, united, we will never be defeated’
Police were overheard shouting ‘box them in’ as they tried to contain the crowds with a cordon (pictured, protesters in Trafalgar Square)
Some have not been that receptive towards the protests, with many on social media criticising them for taking to the streets so soon after an emphatic victory for Johnson
It comes as earlier today, Mr Johnson sought to reach out to Remainers, insisting his ‘One Nation’ government would never ignore their feelings of ‘warmth and sympathy’ towards the other nations of Europe.
‘Now is the moment, precisely as we leave the EU, to let those natural feelings find renewed expression in building a new partnership,’ he said.
‘I frankly urge everyone on either side of what are, after three and a half years, increasingly arid argument, I urge everyone to find closure and to let the healing begin.’
But protesters, in areas also including London’s Trafalgar Square and Glasgow City Centre, shouted chanted loudly as they struggle to get to terms with the election result.
With all 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had a majority of 80 – the party’s strongest election performance since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
The Prime Minister is now expected to reintroduce his Brexit deal in the Commons next week following the Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament on Thursday.
The result plunged Labour into turmoil, with Jeremy Corbyn announcing he would not take the party into the next general election after seeing a string of former strongholds fall to the Tories.
But he faced furious demands to quit immediately after he said he intended to lead the party through a ‘process of reflection’ as it considered the way forward.
Meanwhile Mr Johnson was faced with the prospect of an almost immediate constitutional showdown as Nicola Sturgeon demanded the right to hold a fresh referendum on Scottish independence.
People scuffle with police during an anti-Boris Johnson demonstration in London today. A heavy police presence was seen close to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, which was cordoned off as clashes broke out
A group of protesters hold a banner as they protest against the general election victory. Placards on show included one which said: ‘Tory cuts drove me to attempt suicide’
The protesters wave European Union flags around during the protest. Earlier today, Mr Johnson sought to reach out to Remainers, insisting his ‘One Nation’ government would never ignore their feelings of ‘warmth and sympathy’ towards the other nations of Europe
With all 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had a majority of 80 – the party’s strongest election performance since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. But bitter Remainers took to the streets outside Downing Street tonight to protest
Others held placards which read ‘defy rule’ as they took to the streets outside Downing Street tonight to protest against Boris Johnson’s election win
Many of the protesters appeared glum as they shouted slogans including ‘to hell with Boris Johnson’ and ‘Boris, no, no, no’
Dozens have slammed the protesters ignoring democracy after Boris Johnson secured a resounding election result (above and below)
After the SNP took 48 of the 59 seats in Scotland, the First Minister said she would next week set out a ‘detailed democratic case’ for a transfer of power to Holyrood to enable a referendum to be ‘put beyond legal challenge’.
A dramatic election night saw Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson stepping down after losing her Dunbartonshire East seat to the SNP, while DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds was ousted by Sinn Fein in North Belfast.
But the most striking aspect of the results was the collapse of Labour’s hitherto impregnable ‘red wall’ with seats across the North and Midlands which had not voted Conservative in more than a century falling to the Tories.
It represented the party’s worst general election performance since 1935, with veteran left winger Dennis Skinner in Bolsover and Tony Blair’s old seat of Sedgefield among the casualties.
At an early morning victory rally in Westminster, Mr Johnson said he was ‘humbled’ that voters who had never before voted Tory had chosen to put their trust in him.
He acknowledged that in order to retain their support the Conservative Party would have to change some of its priorities.
‘Those people want change. We cannot, must not, must not, let them down. And in delivering change, we must change too,’ he said.
Other placards included slogans such as ‘blame austerity, not migrants’ as dozens took to the streets outside Downing Street this evening
Police are on hand to control the protesters who have been shouting outside Downing Street throughout the evening
Mr Johnson has now promised to get Brexit done by the end of January, but these protesters waved European Union flags outside Downing Street in the hope of positive relations with the Union
Mr Corbyn, meanwhile, expressed ‘pride’ in his party’s controversial left-wing manifesto, blaming their losses on Labour Leave voters turning to the Conservatives or the Brexit Party.
‘This election was ultimately taken over by Brexit,’ Mr Corbyn said.
‘My whole strategy was to reach out beyond the Brexit divide to try and bring people together.’
He said that it would now be for the party’s ruling national executive to set the timetable for a leadership contest, some time in the early part of 2020.
‘I am quite prepared, and I was elected to do so, to lead the party until that takes place,’ Mr Corbyn said.
His comments infuriated some Labour MPs and defeated candidates who said he should go immediately.
Veteran MP Dame Margaret Hodge said Labour had become the ‘nasty party’, with anti-Semitism allowed to flourish, and that the result represented a rejection of the entire Corbyn ‘project’.
‘People just didn’t trust the economics, the confetti of promises that was thrown at the public without any clear and honest way they were going to be paid for,’ she told the BBC.
‘Labour has become the nasty party. I am one of the victims of that with the anti-Semitism.’