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General Election 2017 – Results

A General Election was held in the UK on 8 June 2017 and 32,181,75 votes were cast from an electorate of 46,843,896 which shows a turnout of 68.7% and that 14,662,139 people, 31.03% of the possible electorate, DID NOT VOTE.

To have an overall majority a party needs to get one more seat than the number of seats won by all the other parties added together.

The results to elect 650 Members of Parliament were as follows:

The results show that the Conservatives won the election by having the largest number of seats, at 318, but fall short of an overall majority for which 326 seats are required. Thus, the election has resulted in a “hung” Parliament.

The Labour party came next having the next largest number of seats at 262 seats.

Since the previous election, the Conservatives have lost 13 seats, Labour have gained 30 seats, the SNP have lost 21 seats, Liberal Democrats have gained 4 seats, the Democratic Unionist Party have gained 2 seats, Sinn Fein 3 seats and Plaid Cymru 1 seat. UKIP, the Social Democratic & Labour party and the Ulster Unionist Party no longer have seats in Parliament.

In terms of seats, the biggest losers in this election were SNP followed by the Conservatives. The biggest winners being Labour. However, having lost their overall majority in Parliament, the Conservatives are certainly the biggest losers.

The Conservative party have sought to forge an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to form a government.

Facts and Figures

England have 533 seats in Parliament. The Conservatives have 297 (-22) seats, Labour 227 (+21), Liberal Democrats 8 (+2) and the Green party 1 (0). UKIP lost their only seat. Figures in brackets indicate changes in the number of seats since the last general election in 2015.

Scotland have 59 seats in Parliament. The SNP hold 35 (-21) seats, Conservatives 13 (+12), Labour 7 (+6) and Liberal Democrats 4 (+3).

Wales have 40 seats in Parliament. Labour have 28 (+3) seats, Conservative 8 (-3) seats and plaid Cymru 4 (+1) seats. The Liberal Democrats lost their only seat in Wales.

Northern Ireland have 18 seats in Parliament. The Democratic Unionist Party have 10 (+2) seats, Sinn Fein 7 (+3), the SDLP and UUP last all their seats and an independent gained the other seat.

The following graphic shows the percentage of votes cast and arranged in order of seats won by each party

One graphic, which you may not see very often, shows the results as a percentage of the total electorate rather than as a percentage of the votes cast.

People

Nick Clegg, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, lost his seat in Sheffield Hallam to Labour.

Former Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable regained his seat in Twickenham.

Alex Salmond (former first minister of Scotland) lost his seat on a swing of 20% to the Conservatives.

Angus Robertson, SNP leader at the House of Commons, lost his seat to the Conservatives.

Paul Nuttall came third in Boston and Skegness with 3,308 votes where the seat was held by the Conservatives with 27,271 votes. He subsequently resigned as leader of UKIP.

Tim Farron retained his seat in Westmorland and Lonsdale, after a recount, by 777 votes.

Amber Rudd retained her seat in Hastings and Rye, after a recount, by 346 votes.

Interesting

Exit Poll

An exit poll was created by Professor John Curtice of Strathclyde University on behalf of the BBC, ITV and Sky broadcasters and was based on interviews conducted with voters outide polling stations after they had voted. It was released at 10:00pm after voting had closed and predicted:

The Conservatives would be the largest party but without an overall majority winning 314 seats, down 17 on the previous election, Labour would have 266 seats up 34, the SNP would have 34 seats down 22. Liberal democrats on 14 seats up 6, Plaid Cymru 3, Greens 1 and UKIP 0 with other parties on 18

General Election 2017 – Manifestos

A general election will take place in the UK on 8th June 2017 and the main parties have issued their Manifestos.

Copies of the manifestos can be found as follows (in alphabetical order):

Conservatives

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

Greens

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/green-guarantee/

Labour

http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017

Liberal Democrats

http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

Scottish National Party (SNP)

https://www.snp.org/manifesto

UKIP

http://www.ukip.org/manifesto2017

It is unclear how many people actually spend the time to trawl through these documents. The Conservative manifesto weighs in at around 88 pages, Labour covers around 128 pages and the Liberal Democrats at around 100 pages. Far better would be a document of 1 or 2 pages summarising the “claims” of what they intend to do if elected as the governing party.

Once in power, these documents are not always followed depending on the prevailing wind at the time. Items often being conveniently dropped if it doesn’t actually suit the actual aims of the party (or parties) in power. In addition they can used to claim that they (the party) have a mandate to implement unpopular or controversial decisions as they were elected on the basis of their manifestos.

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