“By Calling this General Election, Theresa May has Committed the Biggest act of self-Sabotage in British Political History”
As the dust settles on yet another national vote in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Prime Minister Theresa May has committed the biggest act of self-sabotage in British political history. She called the general election based on a seemingly unassailable lead in the polls, only to wake up this morning to her ruling Conservative Party losing their overall majority in the House of Commons and the Labour Party on the march.
The results thus far (with one seat still to declare at the time of publication) show that the Conservatives are still set to be the largest party with 318 seats, which is 8 short of an overall majority. However, this is not a crushing defeat in terms of actual votes cast. The Conservatives increased their share of the vote by 5.5% since 2015, boasting a massive 13.6 million votes – one of the largest votes for a single party in British history. However, the Labour Party also made significant gains in terms of votes, if not seats. They increased their share of the vote by a greater amount (9.5%) than at any election since 1945, gaining 12.8 million votes which would usually be enough to propel a party into government.
Due to the distribution of these increases, we find our selves in the increasingly familiar position of dealing with a hung parliament. In rural areas, the Conservative Party increased their share of the vote (in seats which they already held), particularly in places where UKIP didn’t stand a candidate. However, the Labour Party increased their share of the vote in their traditional ‘northern heartlands’, as well as in the inner cities – where much of their core vote consists of students and foreigners – whilst both main parties took seats of the Scottish separatists north of the border.
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