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Monday, 19 June 2017 03:45

British Party Leader Steps Down After Struggling to Reconcile Politics And Piety

Written by  Patrick Goodenough

After his party picked up four seats during Britain’s general election on June 8, Tim Farron announced that he would step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in the hopes of securing a strong mandate ahead of negotiations for the U.K.

’s withdrawal from the European Union.

However, all did not go as planned. Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing Labour party picked up 30 seats, while May’s Conservatives lost a total of 13. The result was a hung parliament-- one in which no party has a majority of the House of Commons’ 650 seats.

To form a government in the U.K., a part must hold a simple majority of seats in parliament of form a coalition with one or more other parties together comprising a majority.

The Liberal Democrats make up the country’s fourth largest party after the Conservatives, Labour, and the Scottish National Party (SNP). Unlike in the United States, third-, fourth-, and even fifth-placed parties can have a large impact on politics.

The snap election resulted in a government where a small party will certainly have a tremendous impact – but the Lib-Dems, which took 12 seats, are not that party.

Instead, it is the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, which is much closer ideologically to May’s Conservatives than any of the other seat-holding parties, that will play the role of kingmaker.

Read more at CNSNews

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