UK Politics

General Election 2017: Who Really Won?

Written by Callum Williams

After a shock election result, the Conservatives prevailed with 318 seats compared to Labour’s 262, but who were the real winners and losers?

Although the Tories were the largest party, they were still eight seats short of a parliamentary majority and lost 13 seats compared to 2015. Considering this was meant to be Supreme Leader May’s coronation ceremony and her wiping out of the opposition, she did terribly – the worst election campaign in history! The Tories, when the election was called, were projected to win a 100-150 seat majority and on election night they couldn’t even make a majority of one; in essence the Tories were one of the biggest losers even though they technically won and are in-office – for now at least.

Although Labour lagged behind the Tories by around 60 seats and so technically lost the election, Jeremy Corbyn and Labour were the true winners. They went into this election a divided party with the aim of trying to minimise a Tory majority. They exceeded all expectations, stopping the Tory majority, gaining 30 seats and making some amazing gains, such as Canterbury and Kensington – seats that the Tories held for nearly 100 years. While everyone said Corbyn couldn’t do it, that he was a liability, he proved them wrong and stopped a destructive Tory government on a destructive Brexit plan. It was also a win for Labour in a second way – now the party appears more united and with a second General Election looming, Labour are in a very strong position.

The SNP suffered huge losses but that was highly likely anyway. It has shown there is no appetite for a second independence referendum, which will hopefully now make Nicola Sturgeon look at the real issues. For the Lib Dems, there were sad losses like Nick Clegg losing his seat but overall they gained four seats, so they did quite well but they can never recover from their politically-disastrous coalition in 2010.

Another loser was Tony Blair because New Labour is dead. As 40% of the vote was for Jeremy Corbyn, that is decisive proof that the country doesn’t won’t a pseudo-left, Tory impersonation as an opposition but a strong left-wing alternative. The people have shown that there is an appetite for a socialist party in the UK.

The biggest losers were the people of the UK. May called this election out of arrogance and it has back-fired to the detriment of the British people, as now we have no functioning government with imminent Brexit talks approaching and the Tories/DUP deal a destructive, unstable arrangement.

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