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Election Results 2017

So what happens now


Written by Conor McCreesh and posted in news


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Last week's UK General Election produced some unexpected results. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, called a snap election to increase her majority, but instead she has been left trying to form a minority government with the backing of the Democratic Unionist party.

The headlines

  • The Conservatives (Tories) have lost their Commons majority - the Tories are now the largest party in a hung Parliament. A hung Parliament means that no party has a working majority or enough seats to pass legislation. 

  • Theresa May says she will form a government and work with the ten Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs, after going to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen.

  • The PM says she is "sorry" for colleagues who lost their seats.

  • Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, says she should quit and Labour wants to attempt to form a minority government.

  • The Conservatives plus 10 DUP MPs have 328 seats - more than the other parties put together.

  • A so-called "progressive alliance" between Labour, Scottish National Party (SNP), the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Green Party would have 314. A majority is 326.

  • There are 262 seats for Labour - up 30 seats; 35 seats for the SNP, a loss of 21 seats; the Lib Dems are up four to 12 seats; Plaid Cymru on four seats; the Greens on one, and none for UKIP.

  • UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has resigned.

  • In Northern Ireland, the SDLP and the UUP have lost all their Westminster MPs after a night of big gains for the DUP and Sinn Féin.

  • The Lib Dems had a mixed night with some former big figures returning - but ex-leader Nick Clegg losing his seat.

  • Leader of the Lib Dems Tim Farron called on Theresa May to resign.

  • The SNP remains the largest party in Scotland but the Conservatives have won 12 seats from them; Labour have won seven; the Lib Dems three.

  • Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP is ready to work with others to try to keep the Conservatives out of government and block their Brexit strategy.

  • Former SNP leader and former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond was unseated in Gordon by the Conservatives' Colin Clark on swing of 20%, and the SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson also lost to Tory Douglas Ross

  • There is economic uncertainty reflected in London.

  • Voter turnout is up by 2% to 69% - the highest since 1997. The vote share is Conservative 42%, Labour 40%, Lib Dems 7%, UKIP 2% and the Greens 2%.

  • Labour put in a strong showing in Wales, taking back Gower, Cardiff North and Vale of Clwyd from the Conservatives.

  • Eight Conservative ministers were among those who lost out - Jane Ellison, Gavin Barwell, Rob Wilson, Ben Gummer, James Wharton, Nicola Blackwood, Simon Kirby and Edward Timpson.

What the parties are saying

  • Speaking outside Number 10, Theresa May said she intended to form a government which could "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country". She gave little detail on how the arrangement with the DUP may work.

  • DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she had spoken to Mrs May and they would speak further to "explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge".

  • Jeremy Corbyn said: "People have had quite enough of austerity politics" and Mrs May should "go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country"

  • Mr Clegg warned of a "grave gulf" between young and old in the UK and said the next Parliament will preside "over a deeply divided and polarised nation"

  • Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "She called this election expecting a coronation, and took each and every one of us for granted in the most cynical way possible."

  • Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Brexit "is in some trouble" if Jeremy Corbyn forms a coalition and he will "have absolutely no choice" but to come back into British politics

  • SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon says the SNP has "won the election in Scotland" but she is disappointed to see losses: "We've got some reflection to do."

  • Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: "Indyref 2 is dead in Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon needs to reflect on that." Indyref is a another term for the Scottish Independece referendum, which was supported by the SNP.

  • "I'm afraid we ran a pretty dreadful campaign," said Conservative Anna Soubry who says the prime minister "needs to consider her position".

  • "I think it will be difficult for her to survive," DUP leader Arlene Foster on Theresa May.

 
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Published June 12th, 2017
Last updated June 14th, 2017
Tags election general election
Source Election Results 2017 summary: Key points at-a-glance
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