On this day in 1945, Britain held a postwar general election which saw Labour leader Clement Attlee enter 10 Downing Street by the end of the month with his party winning its first ever parliamentary majority.
On this day in 1920, the German Republic held its 2nd ever democratic federal election. Set in a time of political instability and economic uncertainty, the election had a profound impact on politics in Weimar Germany and set the pace for the rest of its duration.
On May 7th 2015, UK voters went to the polls in the most recent general election. The Conservative Party victory sealed Britain’s path towards Brexit. Infamously missed by pollsters, who long predicted a hung parliament akin to 2010, the Conservatives emerged with an outright majority (albeit a small 12) and David Cameron returned for his…
On May 4th, 1979, the results of the previous day’s general election revealed a Conservative majority in the House of Commons. Subsequently, Margaret Thatcher formed a government, initiating a premiership which would last over a decade.
Centrist europhile Emmanuel Macron (24%, En Marche!) and staunch eurosceptic Marine Le Pen (21.3%, National Front) have beaten off all the establishment candidates. This has created an extraordinary match-up between two extremely different candidates. This election will prove tremendously significant in determining the direction France will take over the next five years and beyond, with wide repercussions for Europe.
Voting has been a hard fought – and often overlooked – privilege in this country. The sacrifice of those who fought in the British Civil War in the 17th century, opposed corrupt candidates in rotten boroughs in the 18th century, challenged for greater democratic inclusion in the 19th century or secured equality for women in the 20th century should not be forgotten, and it should encourage you to use your vote.
Mid-morning on 18th of April, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she was seeking a snap general election on the 8th of June. But snap elections are nothing new to Britain, as the nation has hosted more than 7 in the last 90 years alone.