PolSoc- Borlase General Election 2017
“We need a general election and we need one now”, claimed Theresa May, on the 18th April 2017. The snap election caused outrage among the public, but thrill throughout the politics department at Borlase; there was to be another school general election. Previously, the result of the school election mirrored the national general election, with the Conservatives winning an outright majority. However, the snap election caused the whole school to be consumed with posters, balloons and witty attacks on opponents; somewhat different to the usual traditional and (arguably not) composed nature of elections.
Campaign teams were formed within an hour of the news breaking, and divisions started to emerge. The Conservative party only managed to obtain the support of one student, but that number increased to the grand total of two students by the final polling. Notably, the damaged Liberal Democrat party were going for a ‘surge’ with over double the members of each of the Conservative, Labour, UKIP and the Green Party. Over the course of a month and a half, three heated debates took place, the grounds of Borlase were plastered with posters, and the school became immersed in the fight for power between the political parties.
Election day took place only two days after the ‘Leaders Debate’, in which each leader frantically appealed to as many voters as possible, but most notably the repartee between the Conservative and Labour candidates captivated the audience. After a rigorous campaign of balloons, stickers, banners and videos, the results were in. With an overwhelming turnout of 90%, the Liberal Democrat ‘surge’ gained 36.4% of the vote, however not enough for a majority. Miles behind, Labour gained 29.1% of the vote, and in close third the Conservatives with 20.7%; UKIP followed in 4th; and the Green Party took last place. All-in-all, it was a well fought campaign by all parties, and it did make Borlase politically aware, and showed students that their vote can count (unlike Diane Abbott).