The 2017 General Election has ended in a Hung Parliament, with the Conservative Party losing their majority, but still remaining the largest party with 318 seats (with 649 out of 650 seats declared).
This is one result that no one could have predicted when Theresa May first called the election on the 18th of April. The Conservative Party had a hefty lead over the Labour Party in the first week, as much as 25% in one poll, but that lead slowly dwindled as the weeks progressed.
The Labour Party had a more favourable night, maintaining and improving their dominance in Wales, and winning 29 seats overall. The SNP lost 21 seats in total, including Angus Robertson and Alex Salmond’s seats, which they both lost to the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats won 4 seats, increasing its tally to 12 seats, though they lostformer Lib Dem leader and former deputy Prime Minsiter Nick Clegg’s seat in the process to Labour. Elsewhere, UKIP suffered heavy losses, losing their only seat, and failing to win even one.
The current Hung Parliament leaves only two options; Theresa May can form a minority government (as the Conservatives are still the largest party), and will need to rely on the assitance of DUP to get anything through Parliament. On the other hand, however, the current PM may choose to form a coalition government with the DUP in order to form a majority government, although this is unlikely as she previously called an alliance between the opposition parties as a “coalition of chaos.”
The current tally of seats now stands at (649/650 seats declared):
- Conservative Party: 318
- Labour Party: 261
- Scottish National Party (SNP): 35
- Liberal Democrats: 12
- Democratic Unionist Party (DUP): 10
- Sinn Fein: 7
- Plaid Cymru: 4
- Green Party: 1
- United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP): 0
- Ulster Unionist Party: 0
- Social Democratic and Labour Party: 0
- Alliance: 0
- Other parties: 1