Election surprises


2017 was jealous of 2016, apparently. But aside from the massive story of the hung parliament and the gamble that failed to pay off, there were some other juicy stories overnight:

-This wasn’t just a close election nationally, it was close in so many constituencies. 10 MPs won with majorities less than 100. That should remind us that EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

-Amber Rudd, the home secretary, almost lost her seat. She held on by 346 votes.

-Nick Clegg, former deputy PM and Lib Dem leader, lost his seat.

-Current Lib Dem leader Tim Farron narrowly held on to his seat, with a majority of just 777.

-Vince Cable, former Lib Dem govt minister, won his seat back, after losing it in 2015.

-Labour won Kensington, the richest constituency in the UK. It was a safe Conservative seat. Labour won it by 20 votes.

-The SNP had a disastrous night, losing 1/3 of their seats, and putting an end to dreams of a second independence referendum any time soon.

-Alex Salmond, the former SNP leader — and Angus Robertson, the SNP leader in Westminster — both lost their seats.

-The Sec of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis gave up the dream of a hard Brexit:


-Open Britain (built from the remnants of the Remain campaign) helped 26 of the 29 pro-European MPs they were supporting to get elected.

-Zac Goldsmith, who ran a racist campaign for the London mayoralty, is back in parliament. After losing the mayoral contest, he quit the Conservative party and forced a by-election last December. The Lib Dems overturned a massive majority and kicked him out of parliament. Just a few months later, he’s back…but this time with a majority of just 45 votes.

-Kate Hoey, the Brexit-supporting Labour MP for Vauxhall, kept her seat despite a tough fight from the Lib Dems.



-The UKIP vote crashed and burned. And the leader resigned.

-Almost all constituencies declared by 7am (was there pressure on returning officers because the national vote was down to a knife edge?)

-Despite her denials, Theresa May’s position still looks very precarious. If she quits soon, she’ll be the shortest serving prime minister since Andrew Bonar Law in 1922.