The dust has finally settled on the 2017 General Election. Despite only mere weeks of campaigning, it was considered to be one of the most unpredictable of all time. Mind you, don’t they always say that? Wasn’t that said about the EU Referendum last year?
None the less the results were turned in on Friday Morning; For the second time this decade, the outcome was ultimately a ‘Hung Parliament’.
So without further ado, allow me to break down the 2017 General Election for you.
General Election Results
There are officially 650 seats to declare among every active political party, who run in the General Election. Here are the official number of seats to which party won, in order.
- Conservative: 318 Seats.
- Labour: 262 Seats.
- Scottish National Party: 35 Seats.
- Liberal Democrats: 12 Seats.
- Democratic Unionist Party: 10 Seats.
- Sinn Fein: 7 Seats.
- Plaid Cymru: 4 Seats.
- Green Party: 1 Seat.
- United Kingdom Independence Party: 0 Seats.
- Other Parties: 1 Seat(s).
The Conservative party once again hold the majority. However it was evident that Labour had an uprising in votes, as they received more votes in their history for the first time, since World War II.
But while one would call Conservatives lead a “Majority”, they were still unable to win 326 seats, which was essentially the winning figure. Therefore by this outcome a hung parliament was the final outcome.
What Is A Hung Parliament?
Without seemingly undermining my wonderful readers and fellow Bloggers, here is a the concept of a Hung Parliament.
A Hung Parliament is when no single political party, have won a majority of seats. The parliamentary system of government legislates that in the event of no party winning the majority, a hung parliament is conclusive.
So with this in mind, while the Conservatives lead and won the majority, they did not acquire enough seats. Thus in-turn they were forced to turn to a coalition, with a supporting party.
Now with a coalition in mind, it is clear who is ready to step up and form a government structure with the Conservatives. *Enter The Democratic Unionist Party*.
Who Are The Democratic Unionist Party?
The Democratic Unionist Party were founded in 1971, by Ian Paisley. They are considered a very far -right party, who are also considered to be socially conservative. The party also attains the most seats in the Northern Ireland assembly.
The DUP won 10 seats this General Election, therefore their support towards the Conservative party, would merit the opportunity of a coalition.
Controversy has not lacked for the DUP in recent years. They have openly opposed various social concepts, such as gay marriage. In addition to this they have also been outspoken in their belief against abortions, thus making them anti-abortion.
Furthermore they have also backed the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Leader Arlene Foster has openly supported Conservative leader Thersea May, as discussions for the proposed coalition are in-progress, as of this blog’s release. At this point while talks are still on-going, the possibility of a coalition, looks very likely.
So, What Next?
As I previously stated, talks between both parties are still on-going. Henceforth the coalition appears to be very likely. The UK appear to be heading towards another coalition government, once more.
While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn may be pleased with his turn-out, the party shall have to wait till the next election. But none the less many Labour supporters have been greatly encouraged by this election and its outcome, despite not winning.
Well I hope you enjoyed this piece of political writing, I sure hope I have not undermined anyone! Please feel free to leave comments and feedback, it shall be welcome. Make sure you follow me on Twitter @AaronPatel97.