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Upcoming British Elections The last British elections were held on Thursday, May 5, 2005. (BBC News, 2005) At the end of the day, Tony Blair and the Labour Party walked away the victors, winning a third term in office. Though winning a plurality in Parliament and the prime minister-ship for the third time seems a cause to celebrate, the results of the May 2005 election are actually a great loss for the Labour Party. The results are as follows: Party Number of seats won in Parliament Percentage of the vote won The Labour Party 352 / 645 35.2% The Conservative Party 197 32.2% The Liberal Democrats 62 22% Others (including Welsh, Scottish and Irish national party’s, minority parties and independents 30 10.5% (BBC News, 2005) According to the rules of the British electoral system, the winning party (in this case, Labour) needed 324 out of 645 seats to win. As the table above indicates, the Labour Party was able to accomplish this – though by a narrow margin. However, what the table does not show is that since the previous 2001 election, the Labour Party’s majority has decreased from 167 seats over the opposition to only 67. (BBC News, 2005) This is, as I mentioned before, quite a loss for Tony Blair and the Labour Party. Though it grasps tightly on to plurality, the 2005 election shows significant damage to the Labour Party’s power. I agree with Alan Cowell that this election is indeed “a great loss” for Tony Blair and his party.
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