One election, two winners, three losers
The United Kingdom went to the polls in a general election on 12th December – the first winter election for almost a century. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives campaigned on a strong “Get Brexit Done” slogan, against most other parties arguing for a second referendum or to stop Brexit altogether (Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in contrast were arguing that Johnson’s deal was not really Brexit). Johnson’s Conservatives won 47 seats to give a substantial majority of 76, the Tories’ best result since Margaret Thatcher’s heyday in 1987. Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP took 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats, reducing Labour to just one seat in Scotland. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party lost 59 seats, including many which had not voted Tory for many decades if ever, taking the Party to its worst result since 1935: only in London and some big cities did the Labour Party perform relatively well. Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats failed to make any headway, and Swinson herself lost her seat. And Farage’s Brexit Party failed to win a seat (though Farage can console himself that Brexit – even if not his preferred version – would not be happening but for his long campaign to make the Brexit referendum happen in 2016).