Labour has eaten into the Tory majority, with implications that reach far beyond May's premiershipby Stephanie Boland / June 9, 2017 / Leave a comment
On 18 April, it felt as if Theresa May had called an election that was hers to lose. Now, it seems she has done her best to lose it.
It has been a tremendous night for Labour, with Jeremy Corbyn’s party taking seats across England, Scotland and Wales. Not only have they managed to cling on in many of the seats that yesterday looked like low-hanging fruit for the Conservatives, but often, they have increased their majority—a coup for Corbyn and his team, and for the left-leaning manifesto on which he ran, which some presumed would be poison to the electorate.
Meanwhile, the Tories have had a bitterly disappointing set of results. At the time of writing, with 630 out of 650 seats declared, they remain short of a majority with broadcasters predicting a hung parliament.
If that is the case, the balance of power could hang in a region that has been overlooked by many British pundits throughout the campaign: Northern Ireland. As in England, the North has also seen a return to two-party politics, with Sinn Féin currently on 7 seats and the DUP, natural allies of the Conservatives, on 10.
Yet even if May manages to bring her party limping over the line to form a government bolstered by DUP report, this is a shocking result, and one which will have implications beyond her premiership.
In the early hours of this morning, Anna Soubry became the first of her ministers to suggest that May must “consider her future” (Soubry narrowly kept her seat in Broxtowe). George Osborne, meanwhile, is presumably near giddy with glee, with the Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh reporting that the former chancellor joked, “The worst thing she’s done in her life is no longer running through a wheat field.”