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.
However, with the make-up of the House of Commons finely balanced, the most likely outcome remains a minority Conservative government propped up by the DUP: a party with a history of sexist, racist and homophobic policy positions. Despite no-one casting their ballot for such an outcome.
Frances Foley, speaking to this point, asserts:
“We should never have to rely on tactical voting again. Only through proportional representation will we stop the Tories from governing again.”
The Conservative position in Parliament is significantly weakened and Tories can expect to get used to passing legislation by a whisker, with very little tolerance threshold to absorb a rebellion.
Neal Lawson, spokesperson for Progressive Alliance, said:
“This is a sensational result and shows what can happen when progressives actually work together to achieve something big.
“This isn't just a victory for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. It's a victory for all progressive parties, especially the courageous candidates from Greens and the Liberal Democrats who made the bold decision to step aside and put their support behind the person best placed to defeat the Tories.”
A Conservative government shackled to the DUP and outside of a formal coalition, as looks likely, could not be more unstable.
It is imperative now, more than ever before, that progressives in Parliament seek a common agenda, enabling them to advance their views in a combined manner.
Neal Lawson in summary:
“The lesson of this election is when progressives work together, we can do big things and we cause political earthquakes”