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Richard Neal Congratulates Labour Party On Landslide Victory in Great Britain

July 8, 2024

U.S. Representative Richard Neal (D-Springfield) recently congratulated the Labour Party of the United Kingdom on its landslide victory last week.

“The partnership between the United States, United Kingdom, and Irish governments has been crucial to peace on the island of Ireland, and I look forward to working with the incoming government to build on 26 years of progress made through the Good Friday Agreement,” Neal said in a press release from his office. “By continuing to join our efforts, honor our agreements, and remain steadfast in our commitment to mutual prosperity, we can ensure this era of stability is guaranteed for generations to come. This election offers a chance to renew our relationships, and I look forward to meeting with the elected parties in Washington to discuss the continued work between our nations.”

The Labour Party won 411 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons — up from the 202 it held on election day. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party lost 244 of the 365 seats it held, shrinking its presence to 121 seats.

As a result of the election, Labour has its first prime minister in 14 years:  Keir Starmer.

Signed in 1998, the Good Friday Agreement ended “The Troubles” and softened relations between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the United States some Democratic politicians worried that post-Brexit, a hard border could return between the two governmental entities that divide the island, complete with customs and heightened border security, as NewBostonPost previously reported. However, since January 2021, the Northern Ireland Protocol of the United Kingdom’s European Union withdrawal agreement has kept the border open between the two countries.

Neal, 75, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988. Three of his four grandparents were born in Ireland, according to online genealogical sources.

 

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