United Kingdom general election, 2020 (Cloud's World)

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The United Kingdom general election of 2020 on 7 May 2020 elected the 57th Parliament of the United Kingdom. Each of the 600 parliamentary constituencies elected one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons, the dominant house of Parliament.

This is the first general election to only feature 600 seats, with 301 being the new majority (50% + 1).

The election returned current Prime Minister Theresa May, with less seats, however she still runs a majority because of the boundary changes. The new government has a majority of four.

Labour lost more seats, for the third consecutive election in a row. This was down partly to the boundary changes but also the fact that Labour only managed to get 29.5% of the vote.

This was the first election contested by new breakaway parties: Citizens. It attracted voters from both centrist parts of Labour and the Conservatives, along with the Liberal Democrats. This was probably why they got such a big vote on their first election with 28%.

The Results

Theresa May and the Conservative Party got 37% of the popular vote, giving her 305 seats and a majority of four. May had a Decrease of 25 seats although this was expected due to boundary changes.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party got 29.5% of the popular vote, giving him 217 seats and making them the second largest party in terms of popular vote. Corbyn had a Decrease of 15 seats.

Chuka Umunna and Citizens got 28% of the popular vote, giving them 51 seats and making Citizens the third largest party in their first election.

The Aftermath

This election caused controversy, many voters were angry because the Liberal Democrats only got 51 seats with 28% of the popular vote. Many voters have called for voting reform.

Jeremy Corbyn stepped down as leader of the Labour Party and subsequently resigned as an MP, a Labour Leadership contest was held where Owen Smith was elected leader.

Chuka Umunna stayed on as leader till May 2021 and resigned, where Andy Burnham became leader, and Liz Kendall his deputy.

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