Editors’ comment: Electorate had enough of our smug Tories

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 June 2017

Lyn Brown

It’s been an extraordinary general election with more twists and turns than a John Grisham novel.

Whether you’re a staunch Tory, a rejuvinated Labour supporter or your allegiance lies away from the main political parties. a hung parliament is an unsettling period we could well do without.

I thought the nation was divided when the country voted to leave the EU but this just adds to that sense of division. Years of austerity, lack of direction over Brexit and a complete failure by the Conservatives to offer any hope for “man (or woman) on the street” has cost Theresa May dearly. Her attack on the elderly in the form of a dementia tax and her tired “strong and stable” punchline in every speech or advertising message was so robotic she could not connect with floating voters or steadfast Conservatives, let alone tap into the perceived vulnerability of the Labour opposition. For too long the Conservative Party has taken it’s support for granted. Since Blair and Brown’s downfall the blue team has treated their time in government with a smug entitlement. An air of invincibility and arrogance is not an attractive trait in politics and, combined with disjointed and ill thought out policies, can be suicidal.

In London, Labour remains strong. Both Stephen Timms MP and Lyn Brown MP were re-lected again with impressive majorities. Lyn Brown MP has been given the “temporary” role of shadow home secretary in a nod to her sterling work for the Labour Party. Their victories are important for the borough as they seek to hold the Conservatives to account.

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