New Zealand reporter’s 'bold' prediction about UK election

Lisette Reymer, the Europe correspondent for New Zealand’s Newshub, filmed her segment about the election result 'weeks' ago.

Lisette Reymer boldly proclaimed she filmed her segment on the UK result weeks in advance. Source: Twitter
Lisette Reymer boldly proclaimed she filmed her segment on the UK result weeks in advance. Source: Twitter

A New Zealand journalist has revealed that she was so sure of Labour’s landslide win in the UK’s general election that she filmed a segment on the result weeks ago.

Standing outside Downing Street, Lisette Reymer, the Europe correspondent for New Zealand’s Newshub, boldly proclaimed that Sir Keir Starmer’s victory over the Conservative party was so “predictable” she was able to record her report in advance before flying home.

“The change in power has appeared inevitable for months – if not years,” she said. “Today’s result was so predictable, I was able to confidently film this weeks in advance before flying home to New Zealand.”

Reymer’s UK election segment came at the end of Newshub’s Live broadcast bulletin at 6pm. It marked the final edition of the Newshub bulletin after it was announced in April that it would close all its Newshub operations, causing nearly 300 job losses.

Keir Starmer with wife Victoria outside 10 Downing Street
Sir Keir Starmer - accompanied by his wife Victoria Alexander Starmer - making his first speech as the new Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. Source: AP

With pollsters predicting the Labour party win, Reymer was able to fly home to Auckland to join her colleagues to mark the final bulletin.

Starmer's Labour won a massive majority in the UK's 650-seat parliament, prompting Conservative leader Rishi Sunak's resignation before Starmer went to meet King Charles and be formally named prime minister.

In his first speech on Downing Street, Starmer said the British people had voted "decisively for change". He said the country could "move forward together" as Labour took office following 14 years of Conservative rule.

Labour won some 410 seats, an increase of 210, while the Conservatives lost about 250 MPs, including a record number of senior ministers and former prime minister Liz Truss.

Sunak's Conservatives suffered the worst performance in the party's long history as voters punished them for a cost-of-living crisis, failing public services and a series of scandals.

"To the country I would like to say first and foremost I am sorry," Sunak said in a final speech outside Downing Street, adding he would stay as Conservative leader until the party appointed his replacement.

"I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the United Kingdom must change, and yours is the only judgment that matters.

"I have heard your anger, your disappointment and I take responsibility for this loss."

Outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murty leave 10 Downing Street
Outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and wife Akshata Murty leave 10 Downing Street following Labour's landslide election victory Source: Getty Images

Many across the world were quick to praise Reymer for her funny segment.

One said that Reymer delivered a "slam dunk" for the network with others saying it was "brilliant".

"Wow just wow. The boldness," joked another.

— With AAP

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