For Labour's Corbyn, strong result turns defeat into victory

Posted June 23, 2017

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election. The support obtained by Labor party members contrasted with the negative predictions of hardly two months ago, when they were 20 percentage points below the conservatives in terms of intention to vote.

While the gap between the two parties has narrowed, virtually all polls suggest the Conservatives will retain control of Parliament.

In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) - instrumental in campaigning for Brexit - lost millions of voters, prompting its leader Paul Nuttall to quit. It is also possible that Conservative leavers were less motivated to vote.

She appeared determined to tough it out, however.

Corbyn celebrated the Labour party's sucess by declaring, "Politics has changed". The shock result throws British politics into chaos and could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union (EU)-due to start June 19-into disarray.

The Scottish National Party: Nicola Sturgeon's party won 56 of 59 Scottish seats in the 2015 election but lost ground on Thursday.

Cutting a deal with the DUP, which won 10 seats, may not be straightforward. The Lib-Dems, as the British call them, were formed in 1988 out of a merger of the once mighty Liberal Party, the party of the 19th-century reform laws that gradually extended the franchise in Britain and such political giants as prime ministers Gladstone and Lloyd George, and the centrist Social Democrats, who had split from the Labour Party in the 1980s.

"It is likely that this new government will nurture and possibly even strengthen UK-Israeli relations", she said. "So, no party really stood out as being able to cover what the majority of voters wanted".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country after Britain's election at Downing Street in London June 9, 2017.

The overall result is a typical, distorted artifact of the first-past-the-post system.

"Also interesting is that it is the Labour Party that has done the most to bring up this ratio", Inam told Khaleej Times.

The Tories will now have to rely on the DUP's 10 MPs to get things done.

The DUP is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage.

May, jolted by the electoral setback, however, remained defiant to calls for her resignation and vowed to form a minority government with the informal backing of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Canadians will recognize this sort of result. "This was the first time I voted".

May, a 60-year-old vicar's daughter, is now facing questions over her judgement in calling the election three years early and risking her party's slim but stable majority of 17.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said he hoped there would be no further delays, and that the result of the United Kingdom general election would not have a "major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for".

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour: The lesson is simple.

"Corbyn's big, old-fashioned rallies and bypassing of the usual channels to get his message across [.] appealed to voters in a way that Theresa May's stage-managed, distant approach did not", Chakelian writes.

Nowhere was this more obvious than the issue of nuclear weapons. "His straightforward opposition to austerity [.] struck a chord with people who are fed up with their wages stagnating, benefits reducing, the cost of living rising, and public services failing".

In her final message to voters, May tried to put the focus back on Brexit. In addition, a good many of May's Conservative colleagues continue to be staunchly pro-EU. Instead she stuck to her formula - "Hard Brexit", tough-sounding language, "it's all about immigration". "That's what we have seen tonight". She did so at her own peril.

Despite campaigning against Brexit, Labour has accepted the result but promised to avoid a "hard Brexit", focusing on maintaining economic ties with the bloc.

For some European leaders, the election result does complicate the situation.