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    Hung Parliament


    by earwicga
    7th May, 2010 at 1:09 pm    

    So far the result with 627 out of 650 results in is:

    Updated results - 649 of 650 with the last result being due in on 27 May:
     
    Conservatives have 306 seats (+97), Labour  have 258 seats (-91), Liberal Democrats have 57 seats (-5), SNP have 6 seats (NC), DUP have 8 seats (-1), Sinn Fein have 5 seats (NC), Plaid Cymru have 3 seats (+1),  SDLP have 3 seats (NC), Green Party has one seat (+1) and the Alliance Party has 1 seat (+1), with one independent and the Speaker making up seats to 649.

    National Results and Local Council Results in England

    No mandate for any of the neo-liberal big boys. Clegg and Cameron looking likely to team up - quelle surprise!

    Caroline Lucas becomes the first Green Party MP.

    Sadly Salma Yaqoob (Respect) failed to win her seat achieving a healthy swing but not quite good enough.  Not so sadly George Galloway (Respect) is out.

    Zac Goldsmith (Con) won his seat.  Nadine Dorries (Con) increased her majority and Phillipa Stroud (Con) was placed second in her constituency. 

    Jacqui Smith (Lab) and Charles Clarke (Lab) are out but Hazel Blears (Lab) managed to hold onto her lead.

    Scum Nick Griffin (Racist Asshole Tossers) manged to achieve third place in Barking with a drop of two percent in the vote share.

    Peter Robinson (DUP leader) lost his seat with a 22.9% swing to the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long.

    Result in short:  Neo-liberalism wins.

    Also updated - The black and minority ethnic MP count rises from 14 to 27, making up 4.2% of parliament which still has a way to go to reflect the BNE 7.9% of the UK.  More details here and here. 

    New Labour MP’s include:  Rushanara Ali, Shabana Mahmood, Chi Onwurah, Yasmin Qureshi,  Anas Sarwar, Chuka Umunna, Valerie Vaz,   Labour seats held include:  Diane Abbott, Sadiq Khan, Khalid Mahmood (to be continued to total of 16)

    New Conservative MP’s include: Rehman Chishti, Helen Grant, Sajid Javid, Priti Patel, Nadhim Zahawi Conservative seats held include: ? (to be continued to total of 11)

    The number of number of women MP’s has increased by a whopping 2% from 126 (19.5%) to 142 or 22% of parliament.  More details here. 

    I haven’t found a count of gay MP’s - anyone else seen one?


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    1. sunny hundal

      Blog post:: Hung Parliament http://bit.ly/djG7xQ


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      Pickled Politics » Hung Parliament: Caroline Lucas becomes the first Green Party MP. Sadly Salma Yaqoob (Respect) … http://bit.ly/9Gu77Y


    3. Helen Lambert

      Hung Parliament: @sunny_hundal describes this result as a "win for neo-liberalism" http://bit.ly/aXmDkq




    1. Lisa Ansell — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:11 pm  

      Don’t think a Lib Con pact is inevitable just yet.

    2. Tim Footman — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:13 pm  

      Please explain how Salma Yaqoob has such a moral advantage over George Galloway?

    3. David T — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:27 pm  

      Yaqoob cut her teeth on the campaign to defend Abu Hamza’s kids, who were arrested in Yemen where they had gone for jihadi training.

    4. earwicga — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:38 pm  

      Ah David T - I thought you had come over here to make a useful comment but instead it is more of the usual shit. Shame.

    5. David T — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:43 pm  

      I think that is a notable piece of information.

      For example, if a Tory candidate turned out to have campaigned for the release of Combat 18 terrorists, I think we’d both regard that as germane.

      Although Labour’s failure is a great pity, the silver lining is that this has been a great result for anti-sectarians and anti-extremists. BNP and RESPECT are both dead in the water.

    6. David T — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:47 pm  

      I see that you’re back to censoring comments.

      Well, it doesn’t really matter. RESPECT supporting bloggers are a bit of a spent force.

    7. Dil Nawaz — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:48 pm  

      @libcon #UKvote Sunny do you think NEXT #British PM will be Dave #Cameron ?http://bradistanuk.blogspot.com #Labour #Tory #Skynews #BBC #GE2010 #Libdem #Clegg #UK #Brown

    8. Kulvinder — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:49 pm  

      Its all Nick Cleggs fault.

    9. grifone — on 7th May, 2010 at 1:59 pm  

      Eight Muslim MPs (6 Labour, 2 Conservative). Three of them women. All mainstream, secular and non-sectarian.

      Total rejection of the Respect ticket. This is a good day for British Muslims and represents a coming back into the centre of British politics and denying the “protest vote” vehicle to anti-Muslim bigots like Galloway.

      No wonder earwigca is gutted.

    10. David T — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:03 pm  

      One Iraqi Kurd!

    11. Sarah AB — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:04 pm  

      I agree with grifone.

    12. grifone — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:05 pm  

      hurrah!

    13. earwicga — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:16 pm  

      I’m not ‘gutted’ grifone. Salma Yaqoob achieved an 11.7 swing from Labour.

    14. grifone — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:17 pm  

      Does Rushanara Ali’s victory mean anything to you?

    15. earwicga — on 7th May, 2010 at 2:23 pm  

      @ 12 - yes. I’ll update this post later. Stupidly I stayed up for the results and am in desperate need of sleep!

    16. Sarah AB — on 7th May, 2010 at 3:08 pm  

      And I agree with earwicga about Nick Griffin of course - and about needing sleep. I’m shattered.

    17. Vikrant — on 7th May, 2010 at 4:03 pm  

      Well if this election proved anything, it has to be that Nick Clegg’s full of hot air! Overall really happy to NuLabour finally collapse!

    18. Trofim — on 7th May, 2010 at 4:19 pm  

      Are you including Nadhim Zahawi - Stratford-upon-Avon? He’s a Christian.

    19. sofia — on 7th May, 2010 at 4:24 pm  

      Well I for one am glad Dawn Butler is out of Brent…I’ve not lived in Brent for years, but received a letter at my parents who live in Brent, from her, thanking me for my support…huh? she did nothing…and was more than happy to play race politics..as did her predecessor

    20. thabet — on 7th May, 2010 at 4:54 pm  

      What about Reading West? It was a battle between two British Asians.

    21. Boyo — on 7th May, 2010 at 5:14 pm  

      It’s weird. Very weird.

      I’m only hoping that Clegg has made his offer to Cons because he knows they will never accept voting reform, and he can then turn to Labour.

      If instead he gangs up with the Cons, the Lib Dem Party will be over. He must know that.

      It is rot to say the Cons have a mandate - only under the FPTP system he despises!

      PROGRESSIVE POLITICS has a plus-50 per cent mandate and is the clear majority. In this context, he has to make a pact with Labour and the Left-leaning Nats, secure voting reform and look forward to bright, sunlit uplands, etc. Even if, as a face-saver, the price is Brown’s head.

      Am I the only person who can see this :-0 ?!

    22. Don — on 7th May, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

      If Clegg does actually form an alliance with the Tories (surely not, I hope Boyo is right about making them an offer they can’t accept) then I shall be politically homeless once again. I didn’t expend all that shoe-leather and doorstep charm to prop up the lizard overlords.

    23. Kulvinder — on 7th May, 2010 at 6:36 pm  

      I like the fact that despite all the uncertainty the Lib Dems think this is the perfect opportunity to argue for a PR system.

      I didn’t expend all that shoe-leather and doorstep charm to prop up the lizard overlords.

    24. soru — on 7th May, 2010 at 6:39 pm  

      If instead he gangs up with the Cons, the Lib Dem Party will be over. He must know that.

      Well, splitting up the Lib Dems is the fastest and cheapest way to a fair electoral system. Just sort their MPs into their respective left and right wings, you will find none of them who would be particularly out of place in the Cameronative’s or ol’ new labour.

      No need for a commission to choose between all the different wonky options like ATV+ and PR*. No need for a referendum, constitional paralysis, market turmoil and another campaign. If you are a progressive liberal or leftist, you vote for the progressive party, if a market liberal or nationalist, you vote for the right wing one. No need for tactical or strategic voting, or obscure backroom deals. The one with the most votes wins, gets to govern for a bit, and then people get to choose again based on how they liked what got done.

      Could that actually happen?

    25. KB Player — on 7th May, 2010 at 6:44 pm  

      I wonder if Yaqoob will quietly drop her Respect past and join the Labour party? She is articulate, bright and personable and could be quite an asset. There are plenty of people who are Labour MPa who have quietly dropped their Far Left past.

    26. grifone — on 7th May, 2010 at 6:52 pm  

      Except that Yaqoob is not “far-left”. She represents the (sectarian) religious-right of the Respect coalition.

    27. KB Player — on 7th May, 2010 at 7:09 pm  

      Yeah, grifone, but she might decide that Respect is a career dead end and make her peace with Labour. She wouldn’t get away with being an ex-member of the BNP and sliding across, but she should be able to shrug off Respect. The Guardian gives her glowing write ups and Labour would be able to overlook a sectarian religious-right past though they wouldn’t overlook a nationalist racist-right past. A bit inconsistent, I agree.

    28. Ravi.Nk — on 7th May, 2010 at 7:35 pm  

      The British National Party (BNP) has lost all 12 of its seats on east London’s Barking and Dagenham Council.

      Today isn’t a good day to be a BNP supporter.

    29. KB Player — on 7th May, 2010 at 7:47 pm  

      Today isn’t a good day to be a BNP supporter.

      A gleeful day for the rest of us. There must be something wrong in their DNA, to score such a result.

      Galloway ousted, BNP ousted. I’d bet a tenner though that the BNP will carry on, possibly under a new name and leader, while Respect will disappear.

    30. boyo — on 7th May, 2010 at 8:31 pm  

      It is a rarely historic moment, all told.

    31. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells — on 7th May, 2010 at 10:43 pm  

      Galloway ousted, BNP ousted. I’d bet a tenner though that the BNP will carry on, possibly under a new name and leader, while Respect will disappear.

      Can’t see cyclops letting go of his cash cow without a major fight. The ‘genuine’ nationalists have pretty much always hated him but believed he was a means to an end (a sort of clause iv personified), his ‘base’ within the party are the criminal element - the drug dealers and the violent sociopaths, who perhaps will now make a dash for the edl.

    32. The Judge — on 8th May, 2010 at 12:15 am  

      Small point of correction. Although Plaid did ‘gain’ a seat, it was one which was only notionally Labour after boundary changes. They failed to retake Ynys Môn or Ceredigion, and so only have three seats.

    33. ~AF — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:23 am  

      PC still have not taken back Ceredigion. Good. That used to be my constituency and we were heartily sick of the arrogant, bloody-minded Plaid Cymru place men and women that littered the constituency in the wake of it turning Plaid.

    34. ~AF — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:25 am  

      KB Player

      There must be something wrong in their [BNP] DNA, to score such a result.

      Over on his nauseating blog, Lee John Barnes confirms as much. You couldn’t make it up - so let Lee explain his latest mad theory:

      The fact that the DNA of Modern Europeans contains up to 4 % of Neanderthal DNA proves that we are a distinct species of humanity, our race is more than just a social construct - it is a sign that we are a distinct strain of the human species.

      We are Cro-Magnon Neanderthal Hybrids, not just Homo Sapiens.

      {I’d rather not link the Nazi boy’s blog, sorry}

      Nurse, the screens!

    35. ~AF — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:29 am  

      Sadly Salma Yaqoob (Respect) failed to win her seat

      I’m sorry???? “Sadly“????

    36. KB Player — on 8th May, 2010 at 9:51 am  

      Re AF@34

      Yeah, I’d really like to see earwicga’s explanation of why Respect’s communalist politics are such a good thing.

    37. Rumbold — on 8th May, 2010 at 10:17 am  

      Neo-liberalism won? Really? When will someone tell the three main parties, all of whom support a massive state and intervention in people’s lives?

      It is more accurate to say corporatism-socialism won.

    38. A Councillor Writes — on 8th May, 2010 at 10:48 am  

      There’s nothing sad about having someone who plays progressive in one area whilst playing biraderi games in other area and allowing homophobic canvassing and using thugs on the doorsteps to lose.

    39. earwicga — on 8th May, 2010 at 11:21 am  

      The Judge

      Small point of correction. Although Plaid did ‘gain’ a seat, it was one which was only notionally Labour after boundary changes. They failed to retake Ynys Môn or Ceredigion, and so only have three seats

      It was ridiculous that Arfon was considered a ‘nominally Labour’ seat - Caernarfon could never have been considered to be anything but Plaid. Bangor would have needed a huge student turnout and I doubt that happened. But thanks for your point of correction.

    40. douglas clark — on 8th May, 2010 at 12:12 pm  

      ~AF,

      It is a bit annoying that a piece of ‘quite interesting’ scientific research should be usurped by the BNP.

      What the research actually appears to say is that everybody living outside Africa has about 4% Neanderthal DNA in their make up.

      See here:

      http://tinyurl.com/23n5krw

    41. chairwoman — on 8th May, 2010 at 1:28 pm  

      “We are Cro-Magnon Neanderthal Hybrids, not just Homo Sapiens.”

      So looking something like the younger ‘monster’ from “Carry on Screaming” then?

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha….

      *dries eyes full of tears of mirth.

    42. Ravi Naik — on 8th May, 2010 at 2:17 pm  

      What the research actually appears to say is that everybody living outside Africa has about 4% Neanderthal DNA in their make up.

      1) Researchers have pointed out that they haven’t actually done much research with people from different parts of Africa so it is premature to make any conclusions.

      2) One researcher has said, when asked how racists would interpret it, that they would do what they always do, which is to fit any scientific finding into their narrative. See Lee Barnes.

      3) Can you imagine if the roles were reversed? If it was found that Africans were the only ones with 4% Neanderthal DNA in their makeup?

      We are Cro-Magnon Neanderthal Hybrids, not just Homo Sapiens

      Ok then - I guess they are going to rebrand their message, and say they are fighting for the rights of the Cro-Magnon Neanderthal Hybrids.

    43. Kulvinder — on 8th May, 2010 at 2:32 pm  

      I missed Joanne Cash’s stroppy-princess-media-lies-speech if anyone finds or can upload it to youtube i and many others would be grateful.

    44. KB Player — on 8th May, 2010 at 3:41 pm  

      We are Cro-Magnon Neanderthal Hybrids, not just Homo Sapiens.”

      Pure bred when it suits them, hybrids when it suits them. I can’t keep up with this.

      The “Sapiens” is definitely an error in LJB’s case.

    45. Kulvinder — on 8th May, 2010 at 4:17 pm  

      Its not often i agree with Paul Staines, but i have to say he’s absolutely right about this; if PR means backroom deals which are kept from the public id rather not have it.

      The idea of voting for a party on the basis of its manifesto only for that party to conduct secret negotiations that effectively changes what it stands for is anti-democratic.

      How on earth are we meant to know what will or won’t be negotiated after the election?

    46. earwicga — on 8th May, 2010 at 4:57 pm  

      Kulvinder, what exactly did you think was going to happen? Has any party ever ruled according to it’s manifesto before?

    47. Ravi Naik — on 8th May, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

      The idea of voting for a party on the basis of its manifesto only for that party to conduct secret negotiations that effectively changes what it stands for is anti-democratic.

      It is a hung parliament - which means no single party got a mandate to implement their whole manifesto.

    48. Kulvinder — on 8th May, 2010 at 5:44 pm  

      Kulvinder, what exactly did you think was going to happen? Has any party ever ruled according to it’s manifesto before?

      No but usually you vote for them based on their manifesto; im not saying making deals should be banned rather that in any PR situation the parties should make it clear, beforehand, under what scenarios they make would make a deal and what they would compromise on.

      I’m not against power-sharing; im against these decisions being taken in backroom deals with the electorate only being shown tv shots of the door behind which coalitions are being formed.

      nb regarding Joanne Cash this is all i can find (begins 1.55) i like the fact that despite all the murdoch empire as well as the mail, telegraph etc throwing their support behind the tories she still thought there was a vast press conspiracy to get her.

    49. earwicga — on 8th May, 2010 at 5:46 pm  

      But Clegg did make it clear beforehand. More than once he said that that he would negotiate with the party who gained more of the public vote.

    50. Kulvinder — on 8th May, 2010 at 6:03 pm  

      Yeah but on what? The very reason the flash mob turned up was because they were unsure he’d stick to electoral reform and wanted to put pressure on him; regardless the negotiations shouldn’t happen behind closed doors.

    51. Kulvinder — on 8th May, 2010 at 6:17 pm  

      Incidently heres an interesting look at the role that UKIP possibly played in denying a tory victory.

      I’m also a little surprised at the fact the SNP only got 3% more votes, over all, in Scotland than the conservatives. I’ve always had the apparently incorrect impression that the SNP were on a clear mandate for change whilst the tories were virtually wiped out; it just goes to show how dominant labour really are in scotland.

    52. Dalbir — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:00 pm  

      Okay, so what does a hung parliament mean for everyday folk at ground level?

    53. Shamit — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:08 pm  

      Julia Goldsworthy lost - even though I am not keen on her party’s policies or the leader - this was one good MP who had driven the sustainable communities bill which was one of the best bills of the last parliament -

      Unfortunately, she lost.

      *********************************

      PR would lead to the worse kind of politics - the kind we are watching right now where the rejected Government which has lost over 85 seats still trying to manipulate to stay in power.

      And also I think the Guardian elite and their rather non pragmatic clientele must realise that the word progressive is not a monopoly of theirs. And unless we sort out the country there won’t be any progress and the ones who are the most vulnerable would hurt most.

      Look at Greece.

      And another thing I have realised over the past few weeks is that most bloggers except for notable exceptions such as Sunny and Unity and couple of others on Lib Con - actually have no clue about real politics and no understanding of public policy and the impact it has on our lives.

      ********************************

      Finally, everyone who loves Britain should rejoice the loss of Salma Yaqoub - the person who said our foreign policy has made some of our idiotic fellow citizens to kill British fellow citizens.

      And that is the worst kind of politics and BNP and Respect are two sides of the same coin - truly unpatriotic and nutters who should not be trusted with running a club let alone a council or country.

    54. earwicga — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:10 pm  

      Dalbir - I’m thinking that extreme policies won’t be able to get through Parliament with a hung parliament/coalition. But then, they would have to be very extreme considering some of the shit we’ve seen passed in the last ten years.

    55. Shamit — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:12 pm  

      Dalbir -

      In my opinion, it means that their votes do not matter and transparency, accountability are thrown out of the window.

      And a small minority party, with 57 seats and 23% of the votes cast are holding the nation hostage; who want to weaken our defence, be slavish towards Europe and grant illegal immigrants amnesty. Now, that is bloody scary - and even after the drubbing the Guardian and the ones who follow them are still trying to portray Nick Clegg as the messiah.

      Bloody awful for the folks I would have thought.

    56. Dalbir — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:17 pm  

      I’m out of my depth on this but maybe it wont be a bad thing if Parliament won’t be able to forcefully and quickly push dubious shite through like Nu Lab did?

      Even if Cons and Libs form a coalition, wont the Libs act as some sort of buffer to the Cons more ‘adventurous’ changes?

    57. MaidMarian — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:24 pm  

      Dalbir - If you think that the Libs act as a buffer in such a situation, I can only suggest that you look at Lib-Dem/Conservative run Councils. Try Leeds.

      Interestingly Labour seems to have done well in Council elections, albeit from a low base.

      Ravi Naik - I’m not disagreeing with your point about mandates, but surely the result of this election was that the voters want a minority Tory government?

      I am no fan of PR for the reason that it gives minority parties disproportionate power (though some on here would do well to remember that there are countries where PR has produced a single party winner).

    58. halima — on 8th May, 2010 at 7:40 pm  

      I am absolutely over the moon to see Rushnara Ali win - as well as being my local MP, it’s an inspiration to all of us who have felt that politics was always about connections and networks and wealth - or just tokenism to see black faces. I think Bethnal Green and Bow elected a great MP who will go on to become one of this country’s finest political leaders - whatever the future of this government or the Labour Party.

      Way to go for Rushnara.

    59. Shamit — on 8th May, 2010 at 8:01 pm  

      Rushnara Ali is very accomplished and deserved to win - well said Halima. Btw, are you back in the country or are you still in Middle Kingdom?

      **********************************

      Interesting, Priti Patel won as well and so did Valerie Vaz, sister of Keith Vaz. I believe that’s the first time a brother and sister are serving in Parliament together.

      *******************************

    60. halima — on 9th May, 2010 at 9:49 am  

      Hi Shamit, i was very overwhelmed to see Rushnara win and take that seat back, it’s been a long time coming. I am still in the Middle Kingdom, yes, it’s been a year already, and I still feel new here.

    61. anwar — on 14th May, 2010 at 7:49 pm  

      David T
      “Yaqoob cut her teeth on the campaign to defend Abu Hamza’s kids, who were arrested in Yemen where they had gone for jihadi training.“

      And David T cut his teeth on writing stories demonising Muslims and whipping up hatred of them. When a group of Muslims privately hired out a swimming pool for an hour David T turned up with his son then sold his story to the rabidly anti-Muslim Daily Mail to whip up further hatred against Muslims.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-560231/Public-pool-bars-father-son-Muslim-swimming-session.html

      He recently was seen haranguing Moazzem Begg for the “crime“ of fighting to defend the Muslims of Bosnia from genocide.

      What a Muslim-hating **** David T is .

    62. Abu Faris — on 15th May, 2010 at 8:48 am  

      I can assure you, anwarm that David T is certainly not a Muslim hater - and certainly not on the palpably silly grounds you produce to defend your claim that he is such.

      Exposing duplicituous, conniving and thoroughly unpleasant supporters of violent, clerical fascist ideology in the Muslim community is of service to that community; and as such can hardly be of interest to haters of that community.

      The fact that you (and others) assume that criticism of fanatics and extremism in the Muslim communiy is tantamount to condemnation of the community as a whole is designed to shut down critics and protect exactly those forces in the community that are doing the wider Muslim community so much damage.

    63. ¬AF — on 15th May, 2010 at 8:49 am  

      I can assure you, anwarm that David T is certainly not a Muslim hater - and certainly not on the palpably silly grounds you produce to defend your claim that he is such.

      Exposing duplicituous, conniving and thoroughly unpleasant supporters of violent, clerical fascist ideology in the Muslim community is of service to that community; and as such can hardly be of interest to haters of that community.

      The fact that you (and others) assume that criticism of fanatics and extremism in the Muslim communiy is tantamount to condemnation of the community as a whole is designed to shut down critics and protect exactly those forces in the community that are doing the wider Muslim community so much damage.

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