Tories return to power with majority

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Dec 13, 2019

The Conservatives have returned to power with their biggest majority since the 1980s as the party’s leader hailed the victory as a mandate to “get Brexit done”.

With 649 of 650 seats declared the Tories have won 364 constituencies, a gain of 47 since 2017, while Labour suffered a major blow with a loss of 59 seats, securing just 203 MPs.

Prime minister Boris Johnson says he will work “night and day” to repay the trust of voters.

Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not fight another election as the party’s leader. And Jo Swinson has quit as Liberal Democrat leader after she lost her seat to the SNP.

In a victory speech Johnson said: “We will get Brexit done on time by 31 January, no ifs, no buts, not maybe”.

In the election campaign the Conservatives promised to launch an “urgent review of the taper problem in doctors’ pensions” in the first 30 days of a new administration.

The issue has been in the spotlight after many senior clinicians have opted not to work extra shifts due to pension tax bills.

Some experts have called for the tapered annual allowance to be abolished.

Royal London pension specialist Helen Morrissey, pension specialist at Royal London has urged the prime minister to make good on his pension manifesto promises.

She says: “After months of wrangling today’s emphatic win puts Boris Johnson in a strong position to steam ahead with his agenda.

“While Brexit will undoubtedly be top of his to-do list we urge the prime minister to make good on his manifesto promises to help low paid workers in net pay arrangements as well as addressing the long running saga of NHS doctors affected by the tapered annual allowance.

“The pensions bill – put into mothballs after the election was announced, must also be dusted off to allow the industry to make much needed progress on issues such as the pensions dashboard.”

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