xciting to those who watched the results overnight, but confusing to those who woke up to them.
In this article, I hope to make the results clear for you and explain what they mean for the UK right now and in the near future.
Firstly, here are the results, plain and simple:
CON: 318 (-12)
LAB: 262 (+29)
SNP: 35 (-21)
LB: 12 (+4)
DUP: 10 (+2)
OTH: 13 (-2)
As you can see it was a bad night for the Conservatives and SNP, who both lost many seats. Many of them actually went to Labour, which is why Labour have gained so many seats.
However, no-one actually won the election. So, we now have a hung parliament. For those who don't know what that means, it basically means that the party who won the most seats (in this case, the Conservatives) has to make a deal with another party and persuade their MPs to join them.
Until then things go on as normal. We'll still face times of austerity, but Labour is now a bigger and better opposition to May. Also, Brexit negotiations may start in a few days with May leading the way for Britain.
To everyone's surprise, Theresa May has said she wants the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) to join them so that she can have the majority she needs to rule in Parliament.
Why was it a surprise? Well, not many of the DUP's policies align with the Conservatives'. Also, some of their opinions are anti-equality. See for yourself. Here are the main points you need to know about the DUP:
- They support Brexit. But, unlike May, they want a soft Brexit.
- In terms of economy, they agree more with Labour than Conservatives. They want to increase the minimum wage and keep the triple lock pension.
- They’re big fans of having a lot of security. They agree with NATO; they want to expand cyber security and review current terrorism legislation.
- They’re not such a fan of equal rights. They’ve repeatedly voted against same-sex marriage and its members have made homophobic comments in the past. Their manifesto also fails to mention LGBT+ matters.
- They don’t mention abortion in their manifesto either but they have publicly made it known that the party is against abortion and supports the current ban on abortion in Northern Ireland.
Nothing is set in stone but soon, after DUP make a decision, we'll know whether they'll form a coalition. If not we may have another general election before the end of the year, in the hope that a party wins or forms a majority.