10 Jun 2017 - Theresa May loses her majority!

In an election result not predicted by the opinion polls, Theresa May lost her Commons majority at the General Election. It appears that the talk of a "huge majority" motivated large numbers of people to come out to try to prevent it, and also motivated nearly all voters to be highly polarised into either voting for a huge Tory majority, or against it - by voting for Labour.

Here in Bristol, the Labour Party did very well, as much of the city voted either enthusiastically or tactically for Labour, given the party huge majorities in all the seats. In Bristol South, Lib Dem challenger Ben Nutland went from 5th to 3rd place, despite losing votes compared to 2015. For the time-being, Bristol South is a safe Labour seat again, but Lib Dems will continue to champion local causes that our Labour representatives don't take up.

Nationally, Theresa May will have to govern via a "deal" with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland. The DUP are a pretty unpleasant party stuck between the 19th and 20th centuries, but nowhere near the 21st century! Mrs May will be beholden to them, and they will anchor the Conservative Party to the socially conservative right-wing. At times like this, it's worth remembering how the Lib Dems spend 5 years anchoring the Conservative Party to the moderate centre of British politics - the coming 5-years of Tory-DUP alliance and Brexit should make it clear enough to everyone much much better the Lib Dem Coalition was.