Britain returns to two party politics

One clear trend has emerged from the uncertainty surrounding the 2017 General Election — the UK has returned to traditional two party politics.

The Conservatives and Labour both increased their overall share of the vote as the electorate abandoned the smaller parties. The Conservatives are predicted to win 43 per cent of the vote, up 6 points on 2015. Labour are forecast to run them close and finish on 40 per cent, up 10 points from last election.

UKIP were the night’s big losers. After success at the 2015 General Election and achieving their main political aim with Brexit in the 2016 EU Referendum, there appeared to be few policies left that appealed to voters.

Labour’s resurgence under Corbyn comes after they were given little chance when Theresa May called a snap election on 18 April. The Tories saw their lead in the polls drop from 24 points at the beginning of the campaign to 7 when the polls opened. May’s contention that this election was about her and granting her a larger mandate fro Brexit appears to have backfired. She now finds herself in a tenuous position, fighting for her political survival.

While May has ducked debates and made fleeting appearances on the campaign trail, Corbyn has mobilised voters and potentially repositioned the Labour party in the UK political landscape after being largely written off.

The SNP also suffered heavy losses. They are predicted to lose more than 20 seats, with Conservatives and Labour making gains at their expense.

 

 

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