Tag: UK elections

Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire!


This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her earlier pledges not to, for three reasons: She knows the Brexit negotiations will very quickly cause her problems, as the unpalatable choices she has to make will alienate many voters and elements in her party – better to have the election… Read more »

Party before country

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I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence of the depressing and disastrous result of the referendum on membership of the European Union, when David Cameron put party before country. Once Theresa May became Prime Minister it became clear that, like David Cameron, she was beholden to the so-called… Read more »

Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next?

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When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by surprise. It shouldn’t have. Riding high in the polls and with her opponents in trouble, Theresa May wants a mandate for a tough Brexit negotiating position, and a majority in Parliament for her own domestic agenda. When UK Prime Minister Theresa… Read more »

Shaping the campaign


This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point towards a general election result for the Labour party so catastrophic it leads to a political earthquake and the long-term realignment of British politics. Theresa May’s Conservatives are significantly ahead on critical indicators of electoral performance: party affiliation; leadership strength; economic… Read more »

Promises, promises

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This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note in history’ back in 1983, Labour, on its journey towards modernisation, latched on to the idea of the ‘symbolic policy’: a policy that illustrates a party’s long term values and vision while also connecting strongly with voters. The sale of council… Read more »

UK election reaction: The staging post to power?


A Labour prime minister did not enter 10 Downing Street following the re-cent general election. But the June election must still be chalked up as a huge success for the Labour party and a personal triumph for Jeremy Corbyn. To go from 30 per cent of the vote to 40 per cent in the space… Read more »

Britain: Turbulent Tories at the helm

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The UK government entered the Brexit negotiations on 19th June lacking a Parliamentary majority, thanks to a snap general election which was held less than two weeks earlier. Theresa May, the Conservative Prime Minister, called the election to exploit the huge opinion poll lead which she and her party had held over Jeremy Corbyn and… Read more »

UK elections: Labour fights back

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Despite predictions of electoral disaster for the Labour Party before the UK election, its leader Jeremy Corbyn managed to secure 40% of the popular vote, its best performance since Tony Blair’s victories in 1997 and 2001. The party’s campaign featured an effective use of social media, traditional door to door canvassing and very successful open… Read more »