UK: May Plays Down Talk Of Possible Landslide General Election Victory

Posted May 09, 2017

However given Conservatives huge polls lead it has been crystal clear since Theresa May first announced that an election will be held on June 8th that the Conservatives would win the election with an increased majority.

Speaking in Ellon as he launched his campaign to be re-elected on June 8, Mr Salmond stated: "I said the Tory support was on the rise, it should be said in Gordon constituency we got more councillors in than the Tories, we got 11 councillors to their nine and six for the Liberal Democrats".

'But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment'. The people of Rochdale deserve so much more than being treated with such disdain by the Labour Party. However, May's tough-talking approach to Brexit appears to have translated into votes. In Scotland the Conservatives gained 164 seats and moved into the second spot, pushing Labour into third. But the biggest losers have been the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is set to be completely annihilated after losing every local seat it had under its control.

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scottish voters face a "straightforward choice" in the General Election between the SNP or Conservative MPs who will "rubber-stamp" the Prime Minster's hard Brexit and austerity policies. They got the European Union referendum wrong. The SNP also lost control of the city of Dundee, one of the few places that backed breaking away from the United Kingdom in a 2014 plebiscite.

In the wake of Friday's results, Labour has been forced to deny a rift between Mr. Corbyn and former cabinet minister Andy Burnham, who was elected metro mayor for Greater Manchester on Friday.

During last year's leadership contest, shadow chancellor John McDonnell - one of Mr Corbyn's closest allies - signalled they would both have to stand down if the party lost a general election. "Our electoral success over recent years was a key driver in forcing the Conservatives to embrace our cause under a new Prime Minister who was campaigning for a Remain vote in the referendum a year ago".

"Given that the Conservatives is a party of government and UKIP is not, it makes sense for UKIP voters to switch to the Conservatives", he said.

However, Labour will be disappointed in its overall vote, especially in Scotland where again the Conservatives made gains, albeit from a low level of existing support.

John Curtice, a professor of politics at Strathclyde University, said the Conservatives were on course for their best local-election result in at least a decade, and possibly a quarter-century.

One seat in Northumberland, north-east England, had to be decided by drawing straws following a tie.

"Importantly, I am also concerned that the Labour Party has shown itself not to have the interests of Rochdale at heart".