BREAKING: Boris Johnson And The Conservative Party Set To Win The General Election
The people have been voting all day today with the ballots closing just moments ago, with the latest exit polls suggesting that we will be waking up tomorrow to a Conservative government with Boris Johnson at the helm.
According to the BBC, Boris Johnson and The Conservative Party look set to win 368 seats, which surpasses the 326 that are required to win a majority and form a government. It would be an increase of 50 seats for the Conservatives, with Labour expected to win 191 seats, losing 71 seats since the 2017 election. The SNP are predicted to win 55 seats and the Lib Dems 13.
Despite various criticisms and controversies, Boris gave the Tories a boost when he was elected party leader at the end of July, with average polling figures showing Conservative support jumping from around 25 per cent to almost 35 per cent by the start of September, pulling them well clear of Labour.
Over the past 48 hours, the PM has been urging voters to back him and save the country from “disaster” while he zig-zagged across the country drumming up last minute support. The trail wasn’t completely smooth though, as he appeared to retreat inside a fridge early on Wednesday morning to avoid questioning by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain.
Nevertheless, today’s General Election has been labelled the most important election in a generation, with topics such as the NHS, climate change, austerity, and of course, Brexit, dominating political discourse on both sides.
Are exit polls accurate?
Whilst they can often give a strong indication of what the final outcome will be, the exit polls aren’t guaranteed to be right, and so we won’t know the outcome for certain until we wake up in the morning, or at some point during the middle of the night for the hardcore who plan on staying up to watch it all unfold.
What will happen with Brexit?
Brexit will now likely receive support from all Conservative MPs (given that Boris has purged his party of moderate pro-EU legislators and candidates), meaning it is highly likely that the U.K. will be leaving the EU by January 31st.
Indeed, Johnson’s message of “Get Brexit Done” has been at the forefront of his campaign trail, and he has vowed that the UK will be outside the EU single market, and any form of customs union in the coming months.
He also promised to negotiate a trade deal with the EU next year and confirmed the Conservatives will not extend the post-Brexit transition period beyond December 2020 (which gives him little time to finalise a trade deal).
His election win is pretty much a dagger in the heart of Remainers.
What about climate change?
Sadly, the climate crisis has hardly been mentioned by the Prime Minister during the campaign. There was even a televised leaders debate dedicated to climate change where Boris Johnson was replaced by a melting ice sculpture when he didn’t show up.
All parties pledged huge amounts of money to tackle the problem of climate change, yet the Tories have come under particular scrutiny for failing to prioritise the issue.
The Independent recently reported that the Conservative election campaign had pocketed more than £1m in “dirty money” from investors in the fossil fuels responsible for the climate emergency, while the party received backlash for passing a legal commitment of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 without actually announcing the measures necessary to achieve it.
Speaking to The Guardian about climate change ahead of the election, The Conservatives said:
Yes, it is one of the biggest issues facing the world. Thanks to the efforts of successive governments, the UK has cut carbon emissions by more than any similar developed country. We have also already doubled our support for developing nations to tackle climate change.
On energy efficient home programmes, they said:
We will invest £6.3bn to improve the efficiency of 2.2 million disadvantaged homes. This will reduce their energy bills by as much as £750 a year. We will also spend £2.9bn levelling up the energy efficiency of our schools and hospitals.
What is going to happen to the NHS?
The National Health Service has become a key issue in the election, as the public grow increasingly concerned about its long-term future and the threat of it being sold off as part of a trade deal with the U.S. Johnson has maintained the NHS is not for sale, despite leaked documents claiming to show it was discussed as part of trade talks with the U.S. earlier this year.
These are some of the key promises made by the Conservative Party to the NHS:
- 50,000 extra nurses to be recruited
- 50 million extra GP appointments a year
- £34 billion extra funding a year for NHS
- Cross-party agreement sought to solve social care crisis
- 40 new hospitals
- Free hospital parking for selected patients and staff
What else are the Tories planning?
- The party has vowed to bring 20,000 more police offers to England and Wales over the next three years.
- Introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system. This system is said to treat everyone equally regardless of where they come from.
- No rises in income tax, National Insurance contributions or VAT.
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