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Benny

Ooh, thanks for the reminder! I lost sight of it today, too many things going on, including The People’s Summit!

eve
eve

Hi Benny, were you able to get my question in regarding Net Neutrality?
If not, NP. I didn’t post it till late yesterday.
Thanks!

Benny

I submitted it but no guarantees that either will be chosen! Thanks tho!

humphrey

The Conservative adoring British press has already handed May a victory before the election. Lets hope they are wrong.

wi62

That sure sounds familiar

jcitybone

Fingers crossed about the turnout of young voters.

jcitybone

Good news for Labour!

Exit poll suggests Britain is on course for a hung parliament

David Dimbleby is reading out the results.

Conservatives: 314

Labour: 266

SNP: 34

Lib Dems: 14

Plaid Cymru: 3

Greens: 1

Ukip: 0

Others: 138

humphrey

It is still early with regards to the results BUT:

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5m ago
23:23
Ukip are sharpening the knives for Theresa May. This is from the Ukip leader Paul Nuttall.

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If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris.

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23m ago
23:05
Labour holds Newcastle, with 2% swing to Labour from Tories

We are getting a result from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central.

Labour’s Chi Onwurah has been re-elected.

Here are the results in full.

Chi Onwurah (Lab) 24,071 (64.89%, +9.88%)
Steve Kyte (C) 9,134 (24.62%, +5.73%)
Nick Cott (LD) 1,812 (4.88%, -1.44%)
David Muat (UKIP) 1,482 (4.00%, -10.87%)
Peter Thomson (Green) 595 (1.60%, -3.31%)
Lab maj 14,937 (40.27%)
2.07% swing C to Lab

Electorate 55,571; Turnout 37,094 (66.75%, +9.29%)

2015: Lab maj 12,673 (36.12%) – Turnout 35,085 (57.46%) Onwurah (Lab) 19,301 (55.01%); Kitchen (C) 6,628 (18.89%); Thompson (UKIP) 5,214 (14.86%); Cott (LD) 2,218 (6.32%); Johnson (Green) 1,724 (4.91%)

What is significant is that there is a swing from the Conservatives to Labour.

The polls were suggesting, even in the north of England, a swing the other way.

Hopefully the polls will continue to be wrong.

humphrey

There is a seat count at this page and so far it looks pretty good for Labour.

I like the graphic. LOL

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/08/general-election-predictor-follow-live-seat-seat-forecast/

jcitybone

Jeremy Corbyn says he has changed the face of British politics. He has issued a statement saying:

I’d like to thank all our members and supporters who have worked so hard on this campaign, from door knocking to social media, and to everyone who voted for a manifesto which offers real change for our country. Whatever the final result, we have already changed the face of British politics.

jcitybone

jcitybone

humphrey

LOL

jcitybone

humphrey

Mayday! Mayday! LOL!

humphrey

Jeremy Corbyn, the sixty-eight-year-old leftist who heads the opposition Labour Party in the U.K., wasn’t scheduled to appear at the BBC’s televised general-election debate this week. With Theresa May, the Conservative Prime Minister, and the hot favorite to gain reëlection, skipping the event out of a super-abundance of caution, Corbyn’s aides didn’t think that it would do him any good to debate the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, who was standing in for May, and the leaders of five smaller parties: the Liberal Democrats, the U.K. Independence Party, the Greens, the Scottish National Party, and the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru.

At the last minute, however, Corbyn, changed his mind. Buoyed by a series of opinion polls showing Labour gaining ground on the Conservatives, he zipped up to Senate House, at the University of Cambridge, where the debate was being held. Seizing on May’s absence, and her reluctance to appear anywhere in public except in front of confirmed Conservative supporters, he performed well. “The Tories have been conducting a stage-managed, arms-length campaign, and have treated the public with contempt,” he declared. And he went on, “On June 8, you have a choice. More cuts in services and living standards with the Conservatives, or vote Labour to transform Britain for the many and not the few.”

This language was similar to that used by Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont who ran an insurgent campaign for President, and the echoes were quite deliberate. Like Sanders, Corbyn is an outsider tilting at the economic and political élites. He is very popular among the young; he is using social media to outflank the mainstream press. And his agenda is explicitly redistributionist: it features sizable tax hikes on rich households and corporations to finance higher spending on public services, such as health care, education, and social care for the elderly. “For the Many, Not the Few” has been Labour’s slogan since Corbyn launched the Party’s campaign, on May 9th.

At that juncture, Labour was trailing the Conservatives by twenty points or more in the opinion polls, and virtually everybody at Westminster regarded the outcome of the election as a foregone conclusion. But after seven years of Conservative austerity policies, which have reduced spending in many areas of government, large numbers of Britons, particularly the young and the traditional Labour voters who had drifted away from the Party, seem to be warming to Corbyn’s message. On Friday, poll averages showed that the Tory lead had been whittled down to single figures, and some individual polls have indicated the race to be within five or six points.