Saturday, May 7, 2011

Nick Clegg harsh punishment in the British regional elections

London. .- Heavy losses of the Liberal Party, minority coalition with the conservatives in the British regional elections and the progress of Scottish nationalists are the dominant notes of the election day on Thursday, according to preliminary results. All also points to a clear defeat of the Liberal proposal to change its electoral system of simple majority vote by the so-called alternative, which would allow voters to vote for several candidates in order of preference.

In the city of Sheffield, the Liberal leader's constituency, Nick Clegg, who is considered the big loser, Labour overtook the party and became the majority in this City after snatching nine seats to their rivals. In another major city, Liverpool, gave the Liberal Democrats to Labour Councillor eleven seats and also in Manchester, all point to heavy losses for the party of Clegg.

The first screenings of the BBC voting for municipal elections in the first place to put Labour at 37 percent, followed by the Conservatives, who seem to hold better than expected with 35 percent and the Liberal Democrats, with only one 15 percent. According to John Curtice, politics professor at Strathclyde University, conservatives have hardly wear in the year leading into the government while its minority shareholders have lost eleven points about the benefit of the Labour opposition, which could win ten points .

In the regional elections to Parliament in Edinburgh, the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond seems to have been important advances at the expense of Labour, which have lost some of its traditional strongholds, and especially the Liberal Democrats. Salmond, you are sure to remain as First Minister of Scotland, was jubilant after learning the initial findings and said his training has finally become the "national party of Scotland." In elections to the autonomous parliament of Wales, Labour rely on getting a clear majority and govern for the first time alone without the support of their current partners, the nationalist Plaid Cymru.

In Northern Ireland, where the counting of votes begins this morning, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the chief minister, Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein, political wing of the idle Old IRA, which govern together, strengthen their trust position as the most popular parties. All indications are that Robinson will continue as chief executive of Belfast and Martin McGuinness, "number two" of Sinn Fein as his deputy, even though Republicans still have hopes of overcoming the DUP and become, for the first time in its history, largest party in Northern Ireland.

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