When Theresa May called for the election on April 18th, she was the most popular UK leader since the late 1970s. Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was at his most unpopular. At the time the Conservatives also held a 16.1 point lead over Corbyn’s Labour. Over the next few weeks leading up to the election, the media and many pundits told us to expect a … Continue reading Why Did the Tories Lose the Election?
With a turnout of 68.7%, over 32 million votes were cast. 13,667,213 of these votes went to the Conservatives, which led to a loss of 13 seats and the loss their once precious majority, leaving them with only 318 seats. Meanwhile, in second place, Labour with 12,874,985 votes and 262 seats, representing a 30 seats gain. For the Tories, each seat was worth approximately 42,978 votes, … Continue reading Welcome to Disproportionate Representation!
First things first, well played to those of you who have been campaigning efficiently over the last month – actually engaging in curious discourse with your political opposites about why you think you’re right and they’re wrong when it comes to which party would form a better government. The majority have of course campaigned predominantly over social media and to people who already believe in what … Continue reading Please restore some optimism
Two years ago, the Conservatives won by a majority. A year later, early 2016 and Tony Blair is beside himself. Baffled at the thought of Jeremy Corbyn. His confusion is to be expected, he had warned Labour that “if you’re heart is with Jeremy, get a transplant.” But since Blair left office, the world has been changing, one regime at a time, and he is … Continue reading The birth of New Labour and demise of the Blairites
If you’ve only got time to keep up with 10 key seats after voting on June 8th, then boy have we got the 10 constituencies for you! Gower! In 2015, the Conservatives won this seat by a margin of 27 votes. With Labour coming second and UKIP third. If the progressive parties’ votes were added together in 2015, then the Progressive Vote advantage over Conservatives would have been 5,737 votes. … Continue reading Key Seats to Watch on June 8th