Sunday March 29, 2020

'Vote reflects deep divisions caused by Brexit'

Personalised campaign made May look weak and fragile, writes Susan O'Keeffe

9th June, 2017
Counting of votes in Sunderland in the British election. Pic: Getty

It became about the swing, from the very first seat – Newcastle, followed closely by Sunderland. Both are safe seats for Labour, won by Labour, but in both cases, the Conservatives increased their share of the vote.

So, just one short hour after the polls closed and the Sky/ITV/BBC Exit Poll had been published, the shock prediction of a hung parliament felt a little wobbly. Safe seats should have shown an increase in their vote...

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