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UK’s Hung Parliament Excites Progressive Brits

UK’s Hung Parliament Excites Progressive Brits

UPDATE: Friday afternoon, June 9 – Theresa May struck an alliance with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a small Irish party that holds 10 seats in Parliament, giving May’s Conservative Party a slight majority. The DUP may be comparable to the U.S. Far-Right. For instance it is anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, and packed with climate deniers and creationists.


Progressive Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lost the UK General Election last night. However. The Labour Party gained 32 seats in Parliament, while Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost 12 Parliament seats.

OK. I readily see how that may increase political support for progressive policies. But, why are progressive Brits so very excited? I mean, Theresa May is still Prime Minister. Right?

Not necessarily. The excitement is caused by something called a “Hung Parliament.” Apparently, a Hung Parliament opens a new stage of leadership selection.

What!?! It isn’t over.

The video below explains, and I will transcribe each point so that Americans may ponder at their leisure.


General election 2017: What is a Hung Parliament? | Norfolk Now

  • If no party wins an outright majority (more than 325 votes), then you may end up with a Hung Parliament.
  • This means the incumbent PM stays in power until it is decided who will form a new government.
  • All parties are allowed to negotiate with one another to put together an alliance majority.
  • There is no official time limit and in 2010 it took five days to form the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition.
  • The new Parliament is due to meet on June 13; Mrs. May has until then to orchestrate a deal or stand down.
  • If Mr. Corbyn has formed a coalition ahead of that date, then Theresa May is expected to resign.
  • In theory, it is possible for a minority government to come to power.
  • This means the governing party would rely on the support of smaller parties to get their laws passed.
  • The only test for whether a government can be formed is if it has the confidence of the House of Commons.

Get the finer details, and the possible paths that could taken, from this article:

“Britain has a hung parliament, after Labour’s victory in Southampton Test made it impossible for any party to reach the 326 MPs required to achieve an absolute  majority in the House of Commons. The exit poll at 10pm last night correctly predicted that the Conservatives would lose their overall majority.

Prime Minister Theresa May now looks certain to step down…”

~ Asa Bennett

READ MORE: What Is a Hung Parliament? What Happens When No Party Wins an Election Majority? | The Telegraph

Sooo… if Theresa May steps down… does that mean Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister? The answer is: maybe.


Jermey Corbyn Says UK Prime Minister Theresa May Should Resign After Triumphant Night for Labour | Euro News

“Jeremy Corbyn, whose political career reached unexpected heights as the results of the UK’s general election filtered through last night, has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down after a dismal night for the Conservatives.” ~ Euro News


Jeremy Corbyn! Maybe!

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

7 Comments

  1. uapsnu

    Jeremy Corbyn was toast until the election popped up.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, interesting how the tables turn.

  2. stuartbramhall

    Go Corbyn. Too bad we don’t have a Corbyn in New Zealand – we have elections Sept 23.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Even though May is managing to hang on as PM, I expect Corbyn’s popularity and political influence to grow. The best possible in the NZ election!

  3. Animalista Untamed

    Theresa May wants a coalition with the DUP, a party of climate change deniers and creationists, anti LGBT rights. I hope she comes unstuck with that just as she has with the election results.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m completely with you. Corbyn’s popularity and political influence is going to continue growing. Who knows what May will do, but if she calls a snap election next year, Corbyn will win it with a huge lead. 🙂

  4. @pplswar

    The answer isn’t maybe, it’s no. Corbyn cannot become prime minister given the current constellation of parties.

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