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Socialist Labour Party Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Closes 20% Poll Gap to Deny Tories a Parliament Majority

Historic upset in UK snap election

What comes next is uncertain. The knives are out for May in the Conservative Party leadership, but if she's forced out of the PM post, that will ignite a bitter struggle between those who think the Tories need to move away from their current hard-right stance and those who would prefer to see the party become even more right-wing. For the time being, May is fighting to stay on as Prime Minister, attempting to cobble together a fragile agreement for the support of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, whose 10 MPs would give the Conservatives only the narrowest of 2-vote majorities in the new Parliament.

Even if she succeeds, nobody expects this situation to last. Either May’s coalition will founder on some issue, or some Tory MPs will withdraw support on a vote of confidence, which would mean either Corbyn and Labour could have a shot at trying to forge a governing coalition, or try to govern as a minority government with the tacit support of other parties anxious to keep the Conservatives out of power — or, more probably, there would have to be yet another election.

Given how Corbyn steadily rose in the polls the longer he ran his old-style whistle-stop, rail-based campaign, with Labour gaining support the more people got to know him and his socialist platform, it seems likely, should that happen, that with more time and another campaign, he could well bring Labour back into power with a majority of seats.

It’s an astonishing reversal of fortune, and also a lesson in the importance of standing up for ordinary people — and against militarism — one that progressives in the US should pay close attention to.

By the way, I can't let this story go without pointing out that here was an election fought at least as bitterly as was the US election last November, and yet, while there were some complaints of registered voters not being allowed to vote, these cases -- which involved people who had registered online in the last few days before the vote, whose names didn't make it onto local voter lists at polling places -- numbered in the hundreds out of more than 32 million votes cast. The final margin between Conservative and Labour tallies, was 2.4% (42.4% to 40%), with one constituency taking until late Friday to finalize the count. There was no evidence of voter fraud or ballot total switching, tampering or anything else. How can this be, when such problems and especially voter suppression, are so rampant in the US? Three things stand out: voting standards are set nationally in the UK, not locally, registration is allowed up to 17 days before an election, and voting is done on paper ballots." Clearly, we have some easy answers on display for fixing the broken election system we have here in the US!

story | by Dr. Radut