A few weeks ago Theresa May announced that there would be a general election, despite previously saying that there wouldn’t be, and is now out on the campaign trail endeavouring to lie her way back to power. The Tories currently have a poll lead that, whilst shrinking, at this point still puts them on course to win a handsome majority on 8th June. If the Left is going to successfully stop the Tories, it needs to strategically work to prop up anti-Tory candidates. Given my own radical views this is hard for me to say, but unfortunately we haven’t got the luxury of time.
After Theresa May’s announcement on the steps of Downing Street yesterday, the UK is going back to the polls. The snap general election will take place on 8th June, thus giving the parties a month and a half to put their case to the country. To be honest this took me by surprise because, having come out against a general election a few months ago, I believed that it would be too politically risky for May to blatantly go against her own word. Nevertheless we are where we are, and now the press needs to step up.
The English council elections were good for Labour, and also quite bad. The Tories had a did well, and also didn’t. Minor parties had good results, and they were also a poor outcome. Why so many contradictions? English local elections give the media something to talk about and give political parties a chance to say how well they are doing with ordinary people outside Westminster, irrespective of the actual results. However there are also some massive caveats that need to be pointed out, rather than just the results themselves.
Maria Miller, the chair of the Commons Women and Equalities committee, has come out in support of degendering passports, drivers licenses and other official documents. Credit where credit is due, despite being a Tory MP she voted in favour of same-sex marriage and has voted generally positively in relation to LGBT issues. This step forward will be important for two groups of people who are often marginalised in our society: women and transgender people.