The 2017 General Election will go down in British parliamentary history, just not for the reasons any of us had hoped.
Instead of a super-majority by the Conservatives, or a Labour revolution, we are now faced with a political stalemate in the form of a hung parliament. We are all in a grim limbo for the second time in seven years, and once again in a position that annihilated early polls. Uncertainty – the word of the decade.
We all lost.
Here are the results:
Let’s do this party-by-party.
Conservatives: According to the Electoral Calculus at the beginning of this 2017 general election cycle, the Conservative party was projected 410 seats in Parliament, at the expense of Labour, who were projected to only obtain 166.
This election was carried with the continued notion that a super-majority would be gained by the Tories, namely for the electorate to provide Theresa May with a ‘strong negotiating hand’ in Brexit negotiations. Also, there was that thing about a ‘strong and stable leadership’ that you might have heard here and there.
But last night, the dream of a majority became a dystopian gothic novella – chipped away with a hammer and chisel by the Labour Party who maintained a close proximity to the Conservative seats. As of 05:53, a hung parliament was confirmed due to the Conservatives inability to possibly gain the 326 seats required for a majority government. As such, sights have been set on the DUP in Northern Ireland, and a coalition can be heard fluttering it’s ugly wings through the air.
The Conservative party has arguably suffered its worst blow in parliamentary history, absolutely defying all polls and preconceptions. The strong and stable rhetoric couldn’t be any more ironic now under the reality of a uncertain, teetering coalition.
There have already been calls for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, or for her party to oust her and trigger another leadership vote – the last one was held a year ago. Who would replace her?
Honestly, probably Boris Johnson. Amber Rudd holds a weak constituency majority, some would argue too weak to hold leadership of the ruling party of the country. And the other potential hopefuls lack the charisma that Boris bears – ignoring his bumbling errors of his past.
If you want a specific factor to flip out at, take aim at the Tory manifesto. Prior to its release, YouGov has the party predicted for a 100+ seat majority.
After it was released, that plummeted to an election-cycle low.
Labour: There really is no denying it. Labour have outdone themselves here, and not in the sort of British-sarcasm that we usually align with Corbyn’s Labour. In this election, they made the leap from the forgotten underdog under the divers boot of the Conservatives to a serious contender to the Tory majority, and consequently halted Theresa’s plans of a ‘strong and stable’ utopia.
Jeremy Corbyn has proven critics wrong, including us at Next Generation Blogs, to highlight himself as a leader, and a charismatic one at that.
But, as the title of this article points to – Labour also lost.
Obviously, too. They are the second biggest party in terms of seats, and therefore lost to Conservatives. There was really not much hope by anyone of that fact changing, be it months ago or days ago, but the red party will be undoubtedly questioning the role Corbyn could have had in the impact of the voteshare they gained.
Depending on how coalition negotiations go, we may never see a Prime Minister Corbyn, tonight being the second electoral blow to Labour in two years (since the last general election).
Since their continued association with the student-brutalising policies of the 2010-15′ Con/Lib Dem coalition, they have suffered monumental loses in the polls – and tonight somewhat solidified that, especially amongst young voters.
Will it change? Sure – just not today. They regained votes since the 2015 election, but nothing notable, and nothing politically transformational – especially given their scathing statement earlier in the night that they “won’t form a coalition”.
In addition to their early rejection of a coalition of chaos, they lost their second biggest figurehead – Nick Clegg, that guy that was once Deputy Prime Minister alongside David Cameron.
UKIP lost 1 seat, which doesn’t sound too bad – if they didn’t only have 1 seat to lose.
In 2015, UKIP won a single seat, and only two years later it was lost to the shifting political tides of the UK which seems to treat the purple party as a dead hamster in a field to be buried and forgotten.
Oh, and that Paul Nuttall guy didn’t win the Boston and Skegness seat. Their party leader isn’t in a government office.