2019 Review: General Election
As we approach the end of the year, we have collected a selection of the most influential political events of 2019. In this article, we focus December's General Election.
The first December general election in almost one hundred years was won by the Conservative party, who secured 365 seats out of a total of 650.
Voter turnout was 67.26 per cent, down from 69 per cent in the previous election.
This election was the biggest Conservative majority since that secured by Margaret Thatcher in the election of 1987.
The Labour party, who won 203 seats, saw their worst defeat since 1935.
In Scotland, the SNP, won some 48 seats, a further 13 seats than in 2017.
Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, stepped down after she lost her seat by 149 seats. The Lib Dems lost 11 seats overall.
The Conservative victory was underpinned by a range of swings in traditional Labour seats across the north of England, the Midlands and Wales.
The first gain for the Tories from Labour was in Blyth Valley, Northumberland, a former mining community which had been represented by a Labour MP since 1950.
This was just one of a number of key triumphs in seats which had overwhelmingly voted Leave in the EU referendum of 2016.
According to data from YouGov, Labour would have won 600 seats if only those aged between 18 and 24 were allowed to vote.
On the other hand, if votes were limited to those above the age of 65 were given the vote, the Conservative party would have won 575 seats.
Prime minister, Boris Johnson, stated that “This has turned out to be an historic election that gives us now, in this new government, the chance to respect the democratic will of the entire people of this country”, adding that the work would begin “today”.