British Labor Party Members Celebrate Progress Achieved in Elections

Jerome Frank
June 19, 2017

While Americans were tuned into former FBI Director James Comey's Senate hearing yesterday, the British were headed to the polls-again. Her gambit to call an early general election in the hope of increasing the Conservative Party's flimsy 17-seat majority in the House of Commons backfired badly on June 8, resulting in a hung Parliament and an uncertain political future for the country.

Of the agreement she said: "This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

The final seat will continue to undergo recounts through Friday evening.

May's weakened position in the party ruled out big changes.

The SNP has 35 seats and the Lib Dems 12. The Vermont senator - who narrowly failed to win his bid for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House - said he had watched the United Kingdom results coming in on Thursday and was very pleased about the party's showing.

National security was also a major issue of the election campaign following recent and deadly terror attacks in the country. Only previous year, 172 elected Labour Party members of Parliament (that was out of a total of 232) cast a vote of no confidence that forced Corbyn into a party leadership election which he resoundingly won with over 60% of the votes of dues-paying party members. Labour won seats in every district where turnout increased by more than five percent.

"Theresa May is certainly the strongest leader that we have at the moment", David Jones, a junior Brexit minister, told the BBC.

Damian Green, a lawmaker in the pro-EU wing of the party, was promoted to first secretary of state - effectively deputy prime minister.

May will remain prime minister and was yesterday trying to forge a government by collaborating with the Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats in Northern Ireland.

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"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", May said outside her Downing Street residence on an expected partnership between her Conservative party and the DUP.

The general election that need not have been was Theresa May's to lose and that's exactly what she did.

Some analysts are interpreting the vote as a rejection of a hard Brexit.

Speaking during a visit to Mexico City, Merkel said Germany was ready for the Brexit talks, which May said would begin on June 19 as scheduled - although she now risks more opposition to her European Union departure plans from inside and outside her party.

Going forward, a number of things could happen.

Joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to make them pay more for long-term care.

After the voting, Corbyn called on May to resign.

"It is really, really worrying", she said. May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

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