16 June 2017 - 6:00 a.m.Etchingham: Two more results from the election that we didn't get to cover last night. We've got the final totals coming in, soon to be ratified by the Electoral Commission. The DUP were right on target with 271 seats and will form the next government. The SDP managed to lose 15 seats in total, gaining some in Scotland to mitigate the crushing they had in England. They sit at 182. The Liberal Progressives sit at 16, the SNP at 27, down from the 40 from last time, Plaid on 3, and the Greens hold their 1. UKIP get wiped out of the Parliament altogether, though not Euroscepticism as the SDP make a pivot to court their core vote in the North by showing sceptical opinions towards the European Union. Let's take a look at the UK map.Look at that sea of blue across the United Kingdom. Theresa May will be expected to go to Buckingham Palace this morning to ask His Majesty the King to form the next government, of which she will have a majority of 40. Representing a vast majority of territory in England and Ireland, and clubbing the SDP in rural Wales and Scotland, she will have the freedom to shuffle and form her Cabinet in the way that she sees fit. This ends our election coverage, next will be Good Morning Britain, continuing the discussion about the election. Thank you to Kristina, Peta, George, and Ed for being here all night with me. Fancy a coffee now?Credlin: Yeah, a nice black coffee and a good breakfast. Kristina and I have to get home to Australia tomorrow, but we want to see more of the UK. It's been a fabulous time here.Keneally: Absolutely, and even though we're on opposite sides of the spectrum and get into some heated arguments on the screen, we're good friends. Osborne: If ITV is buying, I'll gladly take up the offer, Julie.Etchingham: Well, it looks like....oh, they've brought it in for us during Good Morning Britain! Because we aren't done yet guys. We have to talk on Good Morning Britain with the presenters there as their election panel.Balls: Yvette is gonna hate me. That breakfast looks really good.Etchingham: This has been your ITV election news team, good morning everyone.
9 June 2017Woking, England"Why are we even campaigning in this seat. It's so DUP blue I can't tell if it's water, the sky, or the voters," Jess grumbled. She was trying to help the local SDP candidate get a swing in her direction, but the seat of Woking has been such a DUP safe seat, that she questioned the reasoning of coming out in the first place. Fiona Colley, the local candidate for the Social Democrats, turned around and looked at Jess as people kept walking past, not even bothering to take any information or engage in debate, which happened in the other seats around London Jess had been in today. As one of the more visible SDP MPs, she was responsible for helping out the national campaign. Why Starmer was even sending her there was beyond her."It's alright," Fiona replied. "I appreciate the help anyway. If we can get a swing on in areas like this, maybe we can win the election. We're going to need Tory safe seats to turn red anyway.," Jess couldn't deny that logic. But this one? Jonathan Lord had 121,441, and the last SDP candidate 39,270. Not even close. "Alright, then. A few more than we can pop round the pub for a bite," Fiona groaned, herself starting to feel a little bit of the abnormal heat in the streets of Woking.Dublin, Ireland"Really? We're in with a shot?" asked Tim Farron. He had just delivered a speech in Dublin to a crowd of students at Trinity College, Dublin. He was with his leader, Vince Cable, heading around Ireland, trying to drum up support away from the SDP. The Irish electorate was notoriously conservative, moreso than the English, but they were in a matter of social issues. Putting together a majority here for any of the parties to the left of the DUP would be tough. Vince and Tim were having dinner with their wives at one of the restaurants overlooking St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street. The evening light of Dublin with its soft pinks and oranges illuminated the green in a pastel brilliance. "Yeah; we're having a resurgence in metropolitan areas like this, where the SDP may have spooked off some who aren't as keen with the left-wing populist, socialist tone coming from them," Vince replied, tucking into a roast. "Plus, we're the only party in the left that isn't going to burn the pocket book and looks to modify capitalism rather than overhaul the entire economy. That's a good boost for us as well.""The wild card is the UKIP vote. We haven't heard much from them beyond the debate, and I mean...Nigel didn't do terrible," Tim said, poking around his plate of fish and chips."Irrelevant. The SDP wooed them back this election cycle. UKIP might disappear completely. But now the SDP are stuck in this populist mode that they can't get out. You'd think that a party that promotes itself as social democracy would find a way to be to the left of us, but we're the real left alternative here," Vince answered. "We're in a good spot right now. I think we'll prove everyone wrong in this election."The two men continued to eat.
11 November 201509:00Huw Edwards: It's 9 o'clock and it's time to talk about the election results. That...is the result of the snap general election. Hugh Robertson and his Conservative Party have won a majority of seats, 334, and will govern starting immediately. A King's Speech WILL pass the House of Commons, as they have a functional majority of 17 seats, a workable majority that will survive confidence votes and defections. Wow, what a result. Joining me this morning is Andrew Neil, Sophie Rawson, Emily Raitlis and Jeremy Vine. Jeremy, talk to us about the swings from last night.Jeremy Vine: Hello, and welcome to the Virtual Election Room, where we can look at the swings of each individual seat and have a Virtual House of Commons. And, let's look at Labour safe seats like Houghton and Sunderland South. It remained Labour, but there was a large swing to UKIP. Another swing in a safe Labour seat in Hackney, the constituency in north-east London...look at the swing to the Conservatives. 5.5% to the Conservatives, and if we look at the image. Yes, it brings us past the hung Parliament situation and into the Conservative majority, leaving us with a Conservative Majority of 17. Edwards: Quite extraordinary result, considering the short timeline. Mr. Robertson will go to the King today, he will get the authority to form a Government, and we will have a King's Speech, we're told, by the end of the week. Considering the unprecedented nature of all of this, a state opening of Parliament has been ruled out by Buckingham Palace and the Conservatives. Andrew Neil, Andrew...what does this mean?Andrew Neil: This means that we'll just see the full pomp and circumstance in May like other state openings. The country needs a Government, and the Conservatives want to ensure that they will take over from Labour very soon. Considering the foreign policy situations, Mr. Robertson is going to want to hit the ground running. We've already gotten some Cabinet leaks from inside the Conservative Party HQ. It looks like the man who he replaced as Leader of the Conservatives, William Hague, will be the new Foreign Secretary. Chloe Smith, Zac Goldsmith, Ruth Davidson, all new faces to the Tory Party who were elected in 2012, are in the Cabinet. 10 women are in the Cabinet, a little more on parity but still a minority. Priti Patel, a new Tory star in the making, will be the Defence Secretary, a HUGE appointment. She is the first Defence Secretary in the history of the United Kingdom's Cabinet governments.Edwards: What do you make of the Scottish result and the apparent divergence from the traditional parties in Westminster?Neil: This could get very interesting. It all depends on how the Government in Westminster treats Holyrood. The Conservative policy towards the devolved Parliaments has been to give them the ability to be more autonomous in terms of taxation and fiscal policy on certain issues.Edwards: Alright, and let's look at the charts. Here are the final popular vote shares:Emily, Sophie, what do you see here?Emily Raitlis: It's got the Conservatives winning 37.5% of the vote. I think the more people study that a whopping 62.5% of the vote was against the Tories, the more they will call for electoral reform. The first past the post system is going to produce more zany results like this the more diverse people are in their voting support. In other words, if people keep voting SNP, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, and Greens, the worse the majority party's popular vote share will be. Neil: Oh yes, I dare say that if a new voting system hasn't been petitioned by the people afterwards and championed by the other six parties in Westminster, I will eat my hat. Edwards: And here is the final seat tally as well.Sophie Rawson: Well, as we knew before 334 seats. The poor Liberal Democrats though got DECIMATED by the Tories and in some spots, Labour, in England, and the major parties got mowed over in Scotland. It seems that this election, for the calamity that it was for Labour, saw it and the Conservatives consolidate themselves as the two largest parties. The Conservatives will have to be careful in their governance, because it IS only a majority of 18. That can be knocked down and while Labour might not be a majority party in the 2020 election, a Labour-SNP coalition could happen if they get a parity of votes in 2020. Edwards: Oh no! We have barely gotten done with the 2015 election, and you're looking forward to 2020!?Rawson: Of course! It's never over.Edwards: Okay, stay tuned for our reporters live at the House of Commons, Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace bringing you coverage of the new Government, a Conservative government.
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