Under Corbyn’s leadership, Labour won a bigger portion of the popular vote than it has in the past 15 years. Turnout was the highest it’s been over the past 20 years. The improvement over the prior result is the best for Labour since the post-war 1945 election. YEAR LABOUR TORIES LIB (DEM) * Turnout LAB DELTA UNEMP 1964 48.0% 41.9% 8.5% 75.8% + 3.9% 2.3% 1970 43.1% 46.4% 7.5% 72% – 4.9% 2.8% 1974 37.2% 37.9% 19.3% 78.8% – 5.9% 2.7% 1974 39.2% 35.8% 18.3% 72.8% + 2.0% 2.7% 1979 36.9% 43.9% 13.8% 76% – 2.3% 6.0% 1983 27.6% 42.4% … Continue reading →
Bernie Sanders congratulates Jeremy Corbyn and hails a ‘rising up against austerity’
Bernie Sanders, the former US presidential election candidate, has congratulated Jeremy Corbyn, saying the election result is a sign of the world “rising up against austerity”.
Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting to hold on to her job on Friday as British voters dealt her a punishing blow.
With no clear winner emerging from Thursday’s parliamentary election, the wounded prime minister signalled she would fight on, despite losing her majority in the House of Commons. Her rival Jeremy Corbyn said she should step down.
“I am delighted to see Labour do so well,” Mr Sanders told the Washington Post. “All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.
“People in the UK, the US and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%.
“I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign.”
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I know we’re all focused on the Comey hearing, but there is another major political event underway. The UK snap general election is today! It’ll determine the composition of the 650 member House of Commons. Since Theresa May called the election on April 19, she has seen the Conservative party’s lead over Labour collapse by 10-15%, with a small rebound last week. As always, final result will depend on turnout. Exit polls have been historically accurate in the UK, so we should have a good idea right after polls close, as to whether or not Labour has been able to make up … Continue reading →
James Corbyn’s proved himself to be a tenacious leader. He was chosen by rank and file members to be the Labour party’s leader after their disastrous showing in the 2015 general election. Though Labour’s centrist MPs mounted a no-confidence campaign against Corbyn after the EU referendum, he won the leadership position again, with an even larger portion of the vote. Now, Corbyn faces his first general election contest. When Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May first called the snap election (reversing her own public statements), Labour was down over 23 points to the Tories. It looked like the Labour party was heading … Continue reading →
[Cross-posted from TOP, no link in respect of those who do not wish one]: It has been a big Monday already in UK politics. In fast-moving developments, the Tory leadership battle abruptly ended and the onus was thus thrown on Labour to wrap things up ASAP. Theresa May, after an extremely lackluster and half-hearted campaign for Remain, somehow emerged as the “wise, reasonable” consensus leader of the conservative Tories. Her last opponent standing, Leave-supporting Andrea Leadsom, surprised the political set by dropping out, leaving May the only candidate on the ballots that will be mailed to Tory voters. Leadsom … Continue reading →