General Election results live: Shock hung parliament forecast by exit polls and early seats

9 Jun

If this exit poll is true, Labour moderates’ hopes of rescuing their party from the clutches of the hard Left have been dealt a potentially fatal blow, writes Tom Harris.

Indeed, if actual results even vaguely replicate the poll, it is inconceivable that Jeremy Corbyn would come under any pressure whatever to step aside, given that he would have led his party to a significant increase in number of seats, as well as share of the vote, since the 2015 general election.

He would be hailed as the victor of the 2017 general election, just as Theresa May would be seen as the loser – an extraordinary quashing of just about every assumption that was made about his leadership from the moment it was born in 2015. 

His many detractors in the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) – and we must assume that most, if not all, Labour candidates standing for re-election have been successful – still distrust and dislike their leader. They still want him removed, but they will recognise that if it is to happen, it will not happen any time soon.

Corbyn recently celebrated his 68th birthday; if this parliament were to run its full length, he might not be expected to stand again. But with the wind in his sails and the cheers of his supporters still echoing in his ears, he might yet be thrust into yet another general election campaign, assuming a minority Conservative administration – whoever leads it – wishes to seek a new mandate and a majority. 

The kaleidoscope has been shaken, and Jeremy Corbyn is, for the moment, the winner.

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