News broke in the early hours this morning that Donald Trump has won the race to become the 45th President of the United States. The Republican candidate beat Secretary Clinton in the Electoral College but failed to win the popular vote.
British politicians have been responding to the news this morning. Prime Minister Theresa May said “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next President of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign,” adding “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.”
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn stated that “Trump’s election as US President is a rejection of a failed economic consensus but his answers to the big questions facing America are wrong.” He believes that Trump’s victory should signal change in the UK, saying that “the need for a real alternative to a failed economic and political system could not be clearer.”
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who very publicly backed Clinton – said “today is a moment for all of us who believe in tolerance and diversity to speak up for the values we hold dear”. She also commented on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, calling it “a milestone for women everywhere”.
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron said “Liberal values of moderation, freedom, respect for the rule of law, openness and concern for another can no longer be taken for granted. In the United States, last night, those values were defeated.”
Trump ally and part-time Ukip leader Nigel Farage tweeted this morning “I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign.”