Dangerous DUP cannot be allowed to form government

Friday 9th June – In light of the Conservative party being short of the required Parliamentary majority, Progressive Alliance is warning progressives everywhere to act to ensure that the Democratic Unionist Party is prevented from influencing the levers of power.

 

A deal with the DUP may leave Theresa May relying on a shaky confidence and supply arrangement with governing decisions being made on a policy by policy basis. Certainly not what she had in mind prior to the election.

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Tactical voters deliver a body blow to the Tories

Friday 9th June – Mass tactical voting has resulted in a highly unprecedented electoral outcome as Britain ends up with Theresa May losing her Parliamentary majority.

 

Frances Foley, campaign manager for Progressive Alliance, said:

 

“Many people hoped for this outcome but very few really believed it. People across the country voted tactically to stop the Tories.

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Tactical voting may have swung it

Exit poll for the 2017 General Election: Britain heading for a hung Parliament

 

Thursday 8th June – Reflecting on the BBC's exit poll for the 2017 General Election suggesting Britain is heading to a hung Parliament, Neal Lawson, spokesperson for Progressive Alliance, said:

 

“If this exit poll is correct, it suggests tactical voters have stopped the Tories dead in their tracks and delivered a progressive majority in Parliament.

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How progressives should cooperate in a hung Parliament

Monday 5th June – In light of the narrowing polls, and the possibility of the Tories losing their majority in the election on Thursday, we are today releasing a guidance note on how progressive parties should conduct negotiations to form a majority government.

 

YouGov are projecting a hung Parliament, suggesting the Conservatives will lose 21 seats and fall short of achieving a working majority. The same projection puts the combined Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green and SDLP tally at 329, six more than the required majority of 323.

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Labour need vision to work with other parties and form a Progressive Alliance

Friday 2nd June – Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry's speech at a rally in Essex ruling out working with other progressive parties in the event of a hung parliament, Neal Lawson, spokesperson for Progressive Alliance, said:

“Of course the Labour party wants to win an outright majority but, if first past the post produces a second hung Parliament this decade, the sensible thing to do is to host talks with other parties who share the same values.

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New YouGov projection shows a Progressive Alliance can win

A YouGov projection for The Times suggests that Theresa May could lose her majority and be forced to govern as a minority administration, bound to radical elements in her own party, as well as the potential for the anti-gay, anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to hold a stake.

Ahead of tonight’s live TV debate, the Progressive Alliance is calling on Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas, Leanne Wood, Angus Robertson and Tim Farron to be open to working with other progressives in the event of a hung Parliament.

In the event that party leaders are required to negotiate a coalition, it is vital that a progressive majority is prepared to form a government.

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Reaction: Corbyn's vision for a better Britain will resonate, but Labour must work with others.

Monday 29th May – Corbyn fixes focus on the future, on Channel 4's 'Battle for Number 10'. The Labour leader was careful to emphasise the need to work with and listen to those who have different views in order to deliver success, in an impressive performance on the programme.

 

Despite tough questioning which sought to create awkward moments for Corbyn by harking back to past associations, the Labour leader was able to effectively steer back to the matter at hand, of articulating Labour's programme for government.

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Reaction: Theresa May's deflection of the questions reminds us why progressives must work to change government

Monday 29th May – Theresa May's unconvincing answers on the big issues of the NHS, education and social care in 'Battle for Number 10' yesterday evening were high on rhetorical language, but conspicuous for their lack of substance.

 

The Prime Minister seemed uncomfortable with discussing the realities of current Tory policy, exuding a distinct lack of confidence in the position she was attempting to argue for.

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