What happens if there’s a hung parliament?
This was a general election like no other. With such a huge constitutional change underway as the UK parts from the EU, and a supposed cultural and political shift to the right, Theresa May expected to walk back into Downing Street with an increased majority and hardly a sweat broken.
Yet within 7 weeks, the tables have turned, and the story completely changed. The British public had little appetite for this election, what we are hungry for is change. A change in government, but moreover a change in politics.
And in the light of the exit polls, it seems we may be on the cusp of achieving that change.
If, as the polls suggest, there is no overall majority for any party, there could be an opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to form a coalition government.
To do this, he needs the support of the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green party - a Progressive Alliance.
If these progressive parties stand together, they face a huge opportunity, not just to take power from the Conservatives, but to set the wheels in motion for a new kind of politics that is collaborative and more representative of the diversity of the country.
Will it work?
The offer of a Progressive Alliance was put on the table by the Green Party months ago, with SNP backing the idea recently while Labour and Lib Dems refusing to play ball.
The decision will come down, essentially, to those parties’ commitment to build on public appetite for change, to embrace a new kind of politics which actually lets our voices be heard.
We’re ready for that new politics, and we know that tonight’s result is just the start of a whole movement towards a more cooperative, open , and representative politics.
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