Conservative UK supporters have inundated social media with exuberant rejoicing as exit polls indicated a sweeping Parliamentary majority for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives in the general election on 12 December.
Labour supporters, on the other hand, were on Twitter, expressing profound disappointment with the crushing defeat of the party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, who appears to have presided over the worst performance for his party since 1935.
Left-wingers are expressing their anger at the “rich, privileged white men who've ruined our country”.
Waking up and seeing the election results this morning pic.twitter.com/cQkXp5IHGK— ♡lillith♡ (@lil_lilith_bby) December 13, 2019
Just goes to show social media is overemphasised. We all saw the prospect of Corbyn winning the election by a country mile due to the perception social media gave off. This country has been a shambles since 2016, not even suprised at this point & it’s going to get worse.— Imam Chishty (@imamchishty_) December 13, 2019
Others deplored the fact that Tories had won in many traditionally Labour battlegrounds.
Seeing so many seats in the North East go to the tories is heartbreaking. I'm usually proud to be from the North East. It's baffling to see so many working class communities vote for a party that doesn’t have their best interests or values at heart.— Kelly McNally Ⓥ🌱 (@kellylmcnally) December 13, 2019
Many bemoaned the future of the National Health Service – a contentious issue during the election campaign.
The hashtag #NotMyPrimeMinister and #Notmygovernment also started trending, as well as the Canada hashtag, with people expressing their desire to move away and be 'saved' by Justin Trudeau.
Conservative fans delighted in the 'lefty tears', posting memes mocking their left-wing rivals' distraught Twitter posts.
They said Jeremy Corbyn was gunna shake things up, was gunna change the face of politics in this country. A political earthquake was coming apparently...#Labour now has their lowest number of seats since 1935. #GE2019 pic.twitter.com/MPXliCauQp— Jon 👍🏻 (@jonhotspur88) December 13, 2019
With all but one district declared on Friday morning, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives had won 364 seats — 47 more than they won in the last election in 2017.
The party’s triumph is the biggest since Margaret Thatcher scooped a third term in 1987.
The sweeping victory now gives Prime Minister Boris Johnson a comfortable majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, after he called a snap poll in the hopes of gaining an advantage for his Conservative Party to finally "get Brexit done."