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The asymmetric election: why Corbyn does not need to win a majority but Johnson does

Unlike the Labour leader, the PM has no potential coalition partners left

By Rachel Sylvester  

Johnson's election gamble really is all or nothing. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images

Just as in asymmetric warfare there is a discrepancy between the rival powers, so in this election campaign there is an asymmetrical political battle underway. Boris Johnson must win an outright parliamentary majority to be able to stay as prime minister, Jeremy Corbyn needs only to secure a hung parliament to be seen as the winner and have a good chance of getting into No 10. The imbalance between the two main party leaders…

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