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2017 UK General Election News and Discussions

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Here's a thread to discuss the upcoming general election on 8 June.


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UK Parliament approves early general election

The British Parliament has voted almost unanimously in favor of an early general election proposed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 522 to 13 on Wednesday to support the motion put forward by May a day earlier.
The election will be held on June 8, nearly a year after 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union (EU).
The current Parliament will dissolve on June 3.
On Tuesday, May made a unexpected announcement that she would seek a "snap" election less than halfway through her government's five-year term, with the goal of gaining a stronger mandate for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.
She said holding an election as previously scheduled in 2020 will not give the UK "certainty and stability" as it negotiates its exit from the EU.


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General election 2017: Can parties select candidates in time?

Britain's political parties are in a race against time to get candidates in place for the snap election. They had been working on the assumption that there would not be an election until May 2020, but now have just three weeks to put names forward.
Any British, Irish or eligible Commonwealth citizen over the age of 18 - who meets the qualification criteria - can stand, provided they can scrape together a £500 deposit. The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, 11 May.
Here is how the parties' efforts are going...


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Conservatives warn they ‘could lose’ UK general election

The first week of the UK’s election campaign ended with the unusual sight of senior Conservatives claiming they do not believe the opinion polls and insisting that Theresa May could be heading for defeat.

With some polls giving the Tories a lead of more than 20 points over Labour the pessimism might seem extraordinary: in fact, the gloom is highly tactical. To win a thumping victory, Mrs May must first scare voters into thinking she could lose. “We take no great comfort from our position in the published polls,” said a Tory campaign official. “There is clear historical evidence that the reported Tory lead could actually be non-existent. “If the vote is distributed unfavourably, we could easily lose our working majority. We need only lose six seats and no party would hold a majority.” The calculation by Sir Lynton Crosby, her campaign chief, is simple: voters are more likely to cling to Mrs May’s offer of “leadership and stability” ahead of Brexit if they think Jeremy Corbyn has a real chance of walking into Downing Street on June 9.

As if Corbyn could actually win. Trust me, he'll lose. However, the possibility of the Liberal Democrats pulling an upset against the Conservatives is always hiding in the hat.


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General election 2017: Lib Dem raise £500,000 in 48 hours

The Liberal Democrats claim to have raised more than twice as much as Labour from individual donors since a snap election was called.
All parties have made cash appeals to supporters after Theresa May's surprise decision to hold an election on 8 June.
The Lib Dems say they raised £500,000 in 48 hours.
A similar Labour fund-raising drive is reported to have raised £200,000. Labour has yet to comment on the figure, reported by the FT.
The Conservatives have been contacted for details of their fundraising efforts.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron claimed activists and donors were "flocking" to his party on the back of its distinctive anti-Brexit message.

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Lib Dems gain 1,000 members in just one hour after snap election is announced

The Liberal Democrats have seen a surge of new members in the minutes following the announcement of a snap general election, the party has said.
The party's internal membership figures show it has gained around 1,000 new members in just one hour after Theresa May announced that there would be a general election on 8 June.
The party is hoping to make significant gains at the election, following a disastrous result in 2015 where it was reduced to just eight MPs after going into coalition with the Conservatives.

You better find your simulator gods, my fellow 'Itish. This may be your last chance to stop the UK from shattering into pieces and destroying all clean energy investments.


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I predicted a snap election this spring – here's what I predict will happen next

For the second time in 18 months, the country has to pay the price for a prime minister who has put the Tory party’s interests before the nation’s interests. Last year, I predicted that Theresa May would call a snap election this spring. And now she has. 
So what next?
I have a suspicion that the surprise no one sees coming in this election will not be what happens inside the small, cramped circle where politicians and political parties live, but what happens when the voiceless millions of the moderate, progressive centre outside that circle demand to be heard. If you want to see what can happen when they do, look at what is happening now with Macron’s En Marche! movement in France.
It is worth examining for a moment what May actually said this week when she announced a general election.

Opinion piece.


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Liberal Democrats rule out coalition with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour

Senior Liberal Democrats have effectively ruled out a post-election coalition with Labour, in the hope of distancing themselves from a “toxic” Jeremy Corbyn.

Sir Vince Cable, the former business secretary who will stand in his old seat of Twickenham, said on Wednesday that it was “utterly remote” to think Mr Corbyn could become prime minister. “Our differences with [Corbyn] on substantive issues are so great it’s very difficult to see how a coalition could be formed,” Sir Vince told the BBC’s Today programme. Sir Vince said that while the Lib Dems could vote with Labour on certain issues, the idea of Mr Corbyn being prime minister was “way beyond what’s possible”.

Coal-breather Corbyn really needs to go. I used to think he was like Bernie Sanders (to the chagrin of Sanderites who warned me about him), but now I realize he's basically the Hillary Clinton of the UK left.


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I wonder what UKIP is up to in all this?

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Liberal Democrats rule out coalition with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour

Senior Liberal Democrats have effectively ruled out a post-election coalition with Labour, in the hope of distancing themselves from a “toxic” Jeremy Corbyn.

Sir Vince Cable, the former business secretary who will stand in his old seat of Twickenham, said on Wednesday that it was “utterly remote” to think Mr Corbyn could become prime minister. “Our differences with [Corbyn] on substantive issues are so great it’s very difficult to see how a coalition could be formed,” Sir Vince told the BBC’s Today programme. Sir Vince said that while the Lib Dems could vote with Labour on certain issues, the idea of Mr Corbyn being prime minister was “way beyond what’s possible”.

Coal-breather Corbyn really needs to go. I used to think he was like Bernie Sanders (to the chagrin of Sanderites who warned me about him), but now I realize he's basically the Hillary Clinton of the UK left.

That article is behind a paywall for me, can you tell me, Do they actually state what those differences are? I've seen a lot of articles in the British press about how Corbyn refuses to compromise, or has these unsupportable positions etc. that make him un-electable, but they all fail to mention what they were asking him to compromise on, or what these un-electable plans actually are. 



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I wonder what UKIP is up to in all this?

Nigel Farage won't stand as an MP

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not be standing in the General Election on 8 June.
The MEP told the Daily Telegraph he could have had an "easy win" in the former UKIP seat of Clacton but had decided to "fight for Brexit in Europe" instead.
Earlier he said he had not yet decided whether to put himself forward.
He also said current leader Paul Nuttall had "six weeks to prove himself" in the party's top job.
The only MP to be elected under a UKIP banner at a general election was Douglas Carswell in Clacton - but he has since quit the party.
Ex-UKIP donor Arron Banks has said he intends to stand in Clacton this time, although Mr Carswell has now confirmed he will stand down.


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^^^We need this kind of an educator to come here an explain Trump to the voters of the United States.     :bye:


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Theresa May called a general election to bury Tory expenses investigation, says Dennis Skinner MP

Theresa May called the general election to bury an investigation into Conservative candidates’ election expenses, the veteran MP Dennis Skinner has claimed.

The Prime Minister said the election was called to give the Prime Minister a greater mandate to secure a Brexit deal: "Our opponents believe because the Government's majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course,"  Ms May said as she announced her decision to go to the polls.

But Mr Skinner, who has represented the Derbyshire town of Bolsover since 1970, said he did not credit “this fairy story put forth by Tedious Theresa”.

“It’s quite clear: [she called an election] because the Crown Prosecution Service are due to make a decision on Tory election expenses” he told the i newspaper.

Fifteen police forces are currently considering charges against more than 30 candidates for failing to properly declare how much they spent during the 2015 general election campaign.

Read more: http://www.independe...p-a7694826.html

 

 



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General election 2017: Tony Blair says Brexit stance more important than party

Tony Blair has urged voters not to elect MPs who "back Brexit at any cost", whichever party they are from.

The ex-PM told the BBC that Brexit was a bigger issue than party allegiance for the general election on 8 June.

He said the Tories were likely to win but a big Labour vote could constrain the PM, whose "unreasonable" policy was being driven by her party's right wing.

And he said he felt so passionately about Brexit he was "almost motivated" to re-enter British politics himself.

Mr Blair stepped down from frontline politics in 2007 but has become more politically active in recent months, setting up a think tank in London to make the case for the centre ground and for continued EU membership.

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Liberal Democrats promise second Brexit referendum

The Liberal Democrats will offer British voters a second referendum on Brexit in their manifesto for June’s election.

Tim Farron, the leader, said his party had a duty to offer a distinct alternative to the Tories and Labour, who both support a clean break with the EU.

He added that the party raised £1.6m in donations in the four days following the announcement of the general election. The Lib Dems have said they wish to represent those who voted for the UK to remain in the EU.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/c...4b-5528796fe35c



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This is a spicy year, French, German and British election all in 1 year.



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Liberal Democrats promise second Brexit referendum

The Liberal Democrats will offer British voters a second referendum on Brexit in their manifesto for June’s election.

Tim Farron, the leader, said his party had a duty to offer a distinct alternative to the Tories and Labour, who both support a clean break with the EU.

He added that the party raised £1.6m in donations in the four days following the announcement of the general election. The Lib Dems have said they wish to represent those who voted for the UK to remain in the EU.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/c...4b-5528796fe35c

 

Do the Liberal Democrats stand any chance at all, or are they just some small, irrelevant party? I'm not too familiar with UK politics, so I apologise if this is a stupid question. Also, are there any other anti-Brexit parties that could form a coalition with the Lib Dems? 


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