Brit elections stalemated

British ParliamentAnd the winner is … no one.  The most tightly contested British Parliamentary election in a generation has ended in the first stalemate since 1974, with no party winning an outright majority of seats that would enable it to choose a prime minister and form a ruling government.  Frantic efforts are being made to shape some sort of coalition among the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties — which finished in that order.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective” and who was in England to observe the election, says the results aren’t good for the country.

“Labour lost heavily, the Conservatives failed to win with every possible advantage, and the Liberal Democrats are dismayed their campaign success didn’t translate into votes or seats. Britain loses as there is no stable majority to back a government making tough economic choices.”

Contact Graham Wilson, 617-353-2540, gkwilson@bu.edu

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