The numbers are in
- Conservative: wins 365 seats (+ 47)
- Labour: 203 (-59)
- SNP: 48 (+13)
- Lib Dems: 11 (-1)
- DUP: 8 (-2)
- Sinn Féin: 7 (no change)
- SDLP: 2 (+2)
- Alliance Party: 1 (+1)
- Green Party 1 (no change)
- Boris Johnson: Pulled off the political gamble of the year to win a commanding majority. He out-foxed his political rivals plus the Queen and earned 5 reward years.
- Conservative Party advisers: Simple message of Get Brexit Done appealed to middle England, Wales and the Northern heartland. Taking seats in former diehard Labour strongholds will be a hard lesson for the left to swallow. The Conservatives must feel grateful to…
- ..Nigel Farage: whose decision to pull 317 Brexit Party candidates from the election to help Boris was pivotal. Brexit Party’s concentration on Labour’s heartland and took chunks of votes from Corbyn and aided the Tories
- Nicola Sturgeon (SNP Leader): Impressive and remains a force to be reckon with. In winning 48 seats the SNP once again annihilated Labour in Scotland (1 seat) and pegged back the Conservatives to just 6 seats.
- Media – The right wing media were all in from 2017 to bury Jeremy Corbyn. It worked a treat backed up by senior Labour figures who were happy join in with their own attacks on Jeremy via these platforms. Take a bow Laura Kuenssburg (BBC) you were the Tories go-to messenger to sucker punch Labour. Doesn’t mean her reports were always authentic. The less said about her tweets.
- City of London – The financial markets breathe a sigh of relief that Labour’s tax and renationalisation plans were just plans.
- Irish Nationalist – Who would have thought that in Northern Ireland the combined Nationalist and Republican parties (SDLP and Sinn Féin) would ever end up with the most seats? The idea of a united Ireland is no longer far fetched. So too Scottish independence.
- Jeremy Corbyn: Was caught between a rock (Brexiters) and a hardplace (Remainers) in his party leading to political suicide. He got too complacent after 2017. Showed little interest in the North, Scotland and Wales and took the electorate there for granted. Never even attempted to be a statesman on the global stage. His decision to put Diane Abbott and John McDonnell to shadow Home Secretary and the Treasury respectively was poor optics. Corbyn just rolled over and allowed the relentless smears against him to gather pace without tackling them head on from the start. His lack of media outreach since 2017 was a poor strategy. Suffered from not having a supportive and dynamic number 2 throughout his time as leader. (Labour leader should be allowed to chose their own deputy and not rely on votes from the membership)
- Corbyn’s advisers: Inept, ill-prepared, delusional, lazy, spineless and unimaginative.
- Labour Party: The infighting post EU referendum by leading figures was toxic and the party lost its way. Missed golden opportunities to remove Theresa May’s minority govt from power. The London based Labour Pro-EU MPs such as David Lammy and Keir Starmer just lost the plot in their anti referendum rants. How Labour recovers from this devastating result is beyond my pay scale.
- Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat leader): From the minute Swinson succeeded Vince Cable as Liberal Democrat leader in the summer she was a complete disaster. Swinson must now regret her decision in September to block Corbyn from becoming caretaker PM. Deserved to lose her seat.
- Unionist: Given the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had propped up the Conservative minority government since 2017 it must be karma that they are no longer are the majority party in Northern Ireland. Nigel Dodds, DUP deputy leader, lost his seat to Sinn Féin’s John Finucane. How ironic was Finucane’s win given that his father Pat (a former lawyer for IRA suspects) was killed in 1989 by the paramilitary group Ulster Defence Association which had the support of the British government. DUP’s leverage on UK politics is over.
- Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party: To paraphrase The Weakest Link’s Anne Robinson “you (literally) leave with nothing”. The Conservatives will be laughing themselves silly at how they snookered Farage to pull off this minor miracle.
- Former Labour MPs: Since the EU referendum in 2016 the disruptive behaviour of some Labour MPs was too much. Some failed to find common ground and sulked off to other parties others stayed in Labour but couldn’t get off their high horse and unite. So the likes of Caroline Flint, Ruth Smeeth, Chuka Umunna, Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Mike Gapes have joined the unemployment line. But sad to see the lovely Dennis Skinner and Laura Pidcock lose their seats. Pidcock will comeback I am sure.
- Yours truly – Time for some holistic rehabilitation.