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UK General Election discussion post

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 am, June 9th, 2017 - 173 comments
Categories: democratic participation, Politics, uk politics - Tags: , ,

Timeline:

Election day Thursday 8 June British Time/Friday 9 June NZT.

Polling stations open from Thurs 7am to 10pm BT/Thurs 6pm – Fri 9am NZT.

First exit poll at 10pm BT/Fri 9am NZT.

First seat to declare usually Sunderland before midnight BT/Fri 11am NZT.

If it’s a straight result for one side expect that by 3am or 4am BT/Fri 2pm or 3pm NZT.

A close result might mean no result that day BT.

How the UK election works:

Wikipedia on the 2017 election

Usually the political party that wins the most seats in the House of Commons at a general election forms the new government and its leader becomes Prime Minister.

If no party wins a majority of the seats, a situation which is known as a ‘hung Parliament’, then the largest party may form a minority government or there may be a coalition government of two or more parties. The Prime Minister appoints ministers who work in the government departments, the most senior of these sit in Cabinet.

Hung Parliament.

The previous government might remain in position whilst there is a period of negotiation to build a coalition, or they might decide to try and govern with a minority of Members of Parliament.

If the incumbent government is unable to command a majority and decides to resign, the leader of the largest opposition party may be invited to form a government and may do so either as a minority or in coalition with another party or parties.

In order to form a Government, a party must be able to command a majority in the House of Commons on votes of confidence and supply. This majority can include support from other political parties, whether or not there is a formal coalition arrangement.

In a situation of no overall control the Government in power before the General Election gets the first chance at creating a government. If they cannot do so, the Prime Minister will resign.

The Prime Minister only has to resign if it is clear that they cannot command a majority of the House of Commons on votes of confidence or supply. This would be the case if the incumbent government fails to make a deal with one or more of the other parties, or if they lose a confidence motion in the House of Commons. The first parliamentary test would be the vote on any amendment to the Queen’s Speech.

Update,

Update, BBC live tracking of seats won by party, and explanation of what happens with a hung parliament.

Reuters infographics of seat results, exit polls, and the historic election results for comparison.

 

 

173 comments on “UK General Election discussion post”

  1. millsy 1

    Doesn’t look like Labour will win tonight, but the true winner will be the currency traders who have betted on the pound to surge when the results come in. Blairites will be back in charge of the party by the end of the year. The holy Trinity of austerity, privatisation and war intact.

  2. Carolyn_nth 2

    On Twitter just now. The Independent is saying exit polls indicate hung parliament. But…. Brexit exit polls were inaccurate.

    • dukeofurl 2.1

      “exit polls” solve the hardest problem of opinion polls, finding people who will actually vote on the day.
      And of course they are sampling each electorate for a winner, not this nationwide horse race which tells you nothing of the fine detail.

      Your comment about the Brexit poll being inaccurate is explained by this – it wasnt a poll of voters leaving the polling station
      Many supposed problems with “exit polls” have involved on-the-day polls wrongly described as exit polls, including at the 1987 general election and the 2016 EU referendum.
      https://www.ft.com/content/0e38ae9e-4a16-11e7-a3f4-c742b9791d43?mhq5j=e1

      I suppose we have to be careful about ‘on the day opinion polls ( ie via telephone) being called exit polls for this result as well.

      • weka 2.1.1

        I’m perplexed at how much the national % was reported on without context, and how little explanation there has been of how government can be formed under different scenarios. Bizarre.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      UK: Exit poll points to Tory falling short of majority

      Polls have closed in the UK and an exit poll by British broadcasters points to the Conservative Party, being the largest in the country.

      A joint poll by BBC, SKY, and ITV news said the ruling party of Prime Minister Theresa May had won 314 seats, with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party winning 266 seats which means May’s party will fall short of a majority in the parliament.
      British vote for lower house MPs in general election

      In Scotland, the nationalist Scottish National Party (SNP) continued to dominate, according to the poll, and would bag 34 seats.

      • dukeofurl 2.2.1

        Even the exit polls of voters leaving have been out by up to 15 seats before ( last time it was by 14 seats too low for Tories and a bit high for everyone else)
        Its only because there are 650 seats does 15 seem ‘high’
        Even giving the Tories another 15 just puts them back where they started.

  3. millsy 3

    First exit poll out. Hung Parliament apparently:

    Conservatives: 314

    Labour: 266

    SNP: 34

    Lib Dems: 14

    Plaid Cymru: 3

    Greens: 1

    Ukip: 0

    Others: 138

    Last Updated: 09:04
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    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Thats a hiding for SNP!
      Their bubble has burst: No independence, No remain. I suppose they have to rely on their declining results for actually governing Scotland

      • weka 3.1.1

        Bill has been predicting the rise of Corbyn as the start of the decline of the SNP. Will be interesting to see what’s gone on there (and the exit poll might not be reflective).

        • Bill 3.1.1.1

          Kezia Dugdale was encouraging Labour supporters to vote Tory to keep the SNP out in seats Labour couldn’t win.

          If that 34 seat prediction is correct, and it also looks as though Labour supporters listened to Dugdale and let their unionism determine their vote…

          • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            More likely Liberal voters , who used to be a strong third party in Scotland will have swung behind the Conservatives.
            Would be interesting to see the results in seats the Tories gain from SNP, if any.

            That would be a bit of a shock if the Tories stay in power due to seats they gain from SNP ? We shall see

            • Bill 3.1.1.1.1.1

              T’would be very dark irony if the Labour and Tory unionist’s call to block out the SNP, on the claim that the SNP was viewing the UK election as an independence vote, allowed the Tories to cling on in Westminster.

              edit – the forecast of the SNP only getting 34 seats is too low. They’ll get forty something.

              • dukeofurl

                No ones saying ‘block them out’ . Just if SNP drop by 20 seats, some one else gains those numbers

                SNP is biggest loser this election with Tories a close second. Thats the contradiction of being a single issue party when ‘their issue’ goes out of fashion.
                PQ in Quebec is a history they should study closely

              • gsays

                Hi Bill, well done in your observations leading up to election.
                I have enjoyed and have come to trust your commentary.

    • Chris 3.2

      The party responsible for the issue that forced the snap election gets zero seats.

  4. ianmac 4

    9 to Noon also suggesting a hung parliament according to exit polls.

  5. millsy 5

    Labour won 232 seats in 2015.

  6. Glenn 6

    http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/exit-poll-result-hung-parliament-latest-live-a7780151.html

    “Theresa May has suffered a blow after the official exit poll indicated Britain is heading for a hung parliament.

    The survey of some 20,000 people leaving polling stations suggested Ms May’s party has taken just 314 seats in total, 12 short of a majority and 17 fewer than they currently have.

    The unexpected result would see Labour increase its number of seats by 34 to 266, while the Liberal Democrats would take 14. Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP appear to have suffered heavy losses according to the survey, shedding 22 seats.

    If borne out, the figures would throw a huge question mark over Ms May’s future as Prime Minister and throw Britain’s Brexit negotiating strategy into chaos.”

  7. Kevin 7

    Despite the last minute polls predicting a 12pt lead to the Tories.

    A lot of reports of voters being turned away despite having their voting card but their names not being on the list. Shades of the Scottish referendum.

    • Sanctuary 7.1

      The “last minute polls” giving the Tories a 12pt lead were pure propaganda – attempts to influence voters via the observed phenomena of people wanting to be “on the winning side”.

    • dukeofurl 7.2

      That doesnt make sense. The ‘voting cards’ would be produced from the lists.

      I guess the undertone of what you are saying is the result is fixed in some way that you dont like

      You are reading the ’12pt lead’ numbers. Thats not the average of polls, which showed its a lot closer.
      As well its not MMP so the a nationwide number means nothing

      The Yougov panel results from virtually every electorate gave closer results to the exit poll
      Con 302,
      Lab 269
      ,SNP 44,
      Lib 12

      • Kevin 7.2.1

        I am not ‘suggesting’ anything.

        It’s a shit state of affairs in the 21st century when a polling station does not have an updated list of who can and cannot vote.

        Kind of fundamental to the voting process don’t you think?

        • dukeofurl 7.2.1.1

          Are you getting your information from twitter ?

          Its not saying there cant be issues but when you have 30 million people voting, is it a big issue if 5 or 20 have problems ?

          • Wainwright 7.2.1.1.1

            it is if the local MP’s majority is 20 or 30, as happened in one electorate (Newcastle iirc) where people were turned away because the polling booth didn’t have the most uptodate list of registered voters. Incompetence not malice, clearly, but enough to make a difference if they hadn’t been allowed to vote.

  8. weka 8

    Fucking Guardian, live updates,

    Exit poll suggests Tories neck and neck with ‘coalition of chaos’

    Anyone got a decent update of overall seats by party? Best I can find so far is top of google search,

    https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=uk+election&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&ei=F8E5WYyvG8Pr8AefiaTQBQ

    • Carolyn_nth 8.1

      I don’t think there’s anything to report but exit polls so far:

      http://www.bbc.com/news/live/election-2017-40171454

    • Adrian Thornton 8.2

      Yes the fucking Guardian is right, imagine what position Corbyn could have been in now if the ‘left’ liberal media had of actually even just given him neutral coverage over the past 18 month, instead of being actively negative.

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        +1

      • dukeofurl 8.2.2

        So the media is supposed to serve the wishes of a part of the labour party?

        • weka 8.2.2.1

          I think it’s a happy coincidence that ‘neutral coverage’ is also serving the Labour Party. Or maybe its just that neutral coverage would serve democracy and that would serve Corbyn’s Labour. The media should do their job way better than they have been.

          • dukeofurl 8.2.2.1.1

            Political commentary in the Guardian has been harsh on Corbyn, but it is commentary not fact.
            Its only a tiny paper with 30K taking daily delivery. It has a wider online presence though.
            the commentators have aged along with the readership, its the lefts version of the Torygraph- very traditional now.
            Im not a Corbyn fan , but the ‘Blairites’ had their time in government for 14 years or so ( and with large majorities!)
            Maybe a more left wing platform and trying for a small majority with support from the SNP could work for UK labour ?

            • red-blooded 8.2.2.1.1.1

              Besides, commentary is never “neutral”. That’s part of what defines it as commentary.

    • dukeofurl 8.3

      UK election results are weird. They dont have an central Election Commission keeping tabs on the numbers – thats left to the BBC, and other news groups!!!

    • dukeofurl 8.4

      Are you sure you havent seen the Daily Mail headline- it does say that while the Guardian just blandly says Tories ‘largest party’

    • Anne 8.5

      Exit poll suggests Tories neck and neck with ‘coalition of chaos’.

      I think the Guardian was being tongue in cheek there weka. That is what the Tories were calling the opposition parties so, if anything, they were having a little dig at the Tories.

      RNZ have rolling coverage of the results:

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/332629/live-uk-election-voting-closes-first-exit-polls-released

      • weka 8.5.1

        Ah well, if they don’t want to look like dicks, they need to be more careful and they probably shouldn’t have run so much anti-Corbyn shite in the run up. You can’t make a joke like that when you’ve been saying the same thing seriously for months.

  9. Glenn 9

    “Ahead of the election both Labour and the SNP ruled out forming a formal coalition.

    This means it is likely the parties will have to negotiate issue by issue – but they are certain to put on a united front to try and evict Mrs May from No 10.

    The exit poll, completed by elections expert John Curtice, has a margin of error of about 20 seats – enough for Mrs May to sneak over the line.

    But the results will throw into chaos plans for Brexit and could even force another early election if neither side can form a stable government.

    The loss of seats will raise immediate questions about Mrs May’s future as Conservative leader even if she is able to cobble together the votes in Parliament to stagger on

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4586324/If-really-lost-seats-Corbyn-enter-No-10.html#ixzz4jRxou2UE
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    • dukeofurl 9.1

      results will throw into chaos plans for Brexit

      hardly , you havent been paying attention
      “Members of the House of Commons voted by 498 to 114 to advance the bill that would give Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

      nearly 500 Mps voted for the Brexit to proceed. Thats huge !

  10. weka 10

    Not matter what happens, there is this 😆

    “Scathing……….. 71 seconds you really do not want to miss. Many of you have waited your whole life for this.”

    • Carolyn_nth 10.1

      Thanks. I haven’t waited my whole old life for this – just since I was living in the UK in 1979 when Thatcher got elected. It’s (so far) been all down hill for society since then.

      • YNWA 10.1.1

        Me too, I was 16 in 1979, Thatcher’s Britain was a bleak political awakening, this election is a massive step towards a more compassionate politics, well played Jeremy Corbyn

  11. Ovid 11

    Live stream of BBC coverage

  12. saveNZ 12

    Are election’s free and fair anymore with the advent of election management agency’s like Strategic Communication Laboratories and offshoots like Cambridge Analytica which Trump and Brexit used to influence voters on a individual level?

    They provide marketing based on psychological modeling. One of its core focuses: Influencing elections.

    Is it acceptable to allow far right organisations run by billionaires influencing election results around the world?

    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/04/nigel-oakes-cambridge-analytica-what-role-brexit-trump

    • dukeofurl 12.1

      They may claim that the influenced people to justify the large fees they charge, but did they really do anything that isnt done allready ?

      • saveNZ 12.1.1

        @dukeofurl Yes it sounds like they are. And the debate both local and global should be, should this type of influencing allowed in elections?

        AKA to use psychological individual manipulation of people’s data when they are not aware it is happening and what it is being used for, it is not declared in the elections properly and in a grey area of privacy on the Internet using non tax paying monopolies like Facebook with far right libertarians like Peter Thiel on the board able to use their influence and who are actually anti democracy and anti government… but able to help ‘the right government or ideology’ into power.

        Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy

        https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/21/peter-thiel-republican-convention-speech

        • dukeofurl 12.1.1.1

          I very much doubt they have some secret sauce that influences people like that.

          hasnt worked for the Tories !! Now thats evidence

  13. Ad 14

    Even if he doesn’t form a government, it’s a big trendung result for Corbyn.

    Maybe Anthony Robins was right yesterday after all; this is the Parliament to skip.

  14. The Fairy Godmother 15

    Looks like collapsed ukip vote means conservatives are going to take some seats off Labour.

  15. dukeofurl 16

    Interesting that May has been running ‘Clinton type campaign’ in the places shes visits.

    Rather than shoring up places where they were marginal she was targeting labour seats where they hoped to pick up some wins
    Theresa May spent more than half of the election campaign in Labour-held seats, demonstrating how confident she is of making gains from Jeremy Corbyn’s party, a Guardian analysis has shown.
    Of the prime minister’s 70 campaign stops, 57% were in Labour seats such as Halifax in Yorkshire, Ealing Central and Acton in London, and Bridgend in Wales,

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/08/theresa-may-jeremy-corbyn-election-campaign-stops-analysis

    The trouble with these sort of pre- arranged scripted campaign stops, no one is listening locally anymore. And they are chosen months before election day.

  16. Ad 17

    Time for a comment from Wayne.
    Just for sport.

    • It’s James who does sport. Wayne might have thoughts to share on how the Tories Nats here in NZ are reacting to the failure of the team they share, Cosby/Textor, to secure a sound win for the British Conservatives, with whom our National Party share a close strategic and ideological bond.

      • ianmac 17.1.1

        Robert. Just read your plug for tree planting in the Marlborough Express. Good stuff thanks.

  17. Draco T Bastard 19

    It seems that some people are now panicking:

    LEE HARDMAN, CURRENCY ANALYST AT MUFG

    “The market will be praying that this exit poll has got it wrong. Currency volatility is the best proxy for market fears. If the Conservative ship is sinking then the market will be looking for a life boat.”

    That oh so human market is praying to the oh so human god.

    • greywarshark 19.1

      But I thought that business and finance was run on a very rational basis, with cool heads making decisions, taking all matters into account, because they are of great import and future efficacy.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1

        Well, I suppose that depends upon if you consider greed to be rational as it destroys societies.

  18. weka 20

    2015 seat results

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_breakdown_of_the_United_Kingdom_general_election,_2015

    Cons 330
    Lab 232
    SNP 56
    Libdems 8
    DUP 8
    Sinn Fein 4
    Plaid Cymru 3
    SDLP 3
    Ulster UP 2
    UKIP 1
    Green 1

    Speaker 1
    Independent 1

    = 650
    325 needed for majority.

    As far as I can tell, this is how they fall in terms of L/R

    Lab
    SNP
    Greens
    Plaid Cymru

    LibDem

    Cons
    UKIP

    Northern Ireland
    Sinn Fein – has said they won’t take their seats parliament
    SDLP – social democratic

    DUP – unionist
    Ulster UP – unionist

    I’m not clear on what would happen with the NI seats re hung parliament because of Brexit.

  19. Sanctuary 21

    This is a crushing defeat for those bedfellows of the establishment – the Blairites and the liberal, middle class radical centre. I saw a rather pathetic disbelieving tweet from a Blairite Labour MP on the Guardian saying there is no way Labour would win 34 seats. Just like the soft left here, they’ve turned out to be nothing but quitters, defeatists, apologists and downright Quislings for the right.

    Socialism is back in town, baby.

    • weka 21.1

      RNZ had Josie Pagani waffling on on the radio this morning.

    • Ad 21.2

      The last year of the Blair-Brown government had Labour on 355.

      The current trend has Labour on 266.

      The 266 result is closest to Labour’s 1979 result.
      That’s the one that Callaghan lost and Thatcher won for the first time.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1979

      So no, Socialism is not back.
      This is just a good recovery from a complete and utter disaster last time.

      • Draco T Bastard 21.2.1

        Wrong numbers.

        It’s 266 + 34 for SNP makes 300.

        We can assume that the lib-dems are more socialist than the Tories as well which would push it to 313 or so.

        And then there’s the 28 or so ‘others’ which we don’t know. They could all be socialist.

        So, yeah, it could be that socialism is back in the UK.

        It would be nice if they had a proportional electorate system as that would make it clearer.

        • Anne 21.2.1.1

          Further to that, the BBC have just updated the the difference between the Exit Poll result and the actual results thus far and it’s proving to be almost bang on.

          That probably means bye, bye Theresa May and hello Boris Johnson and another election in less that a year which Labour are likely to win hands down?

          That assumes Labour are not going to quite make it but fingers stay crossed…

          • dukeofurl 21.2.1.1.1

            No there wont be another election in a year . They have a 5 year fixed terms, and after this one no one will be looking at snap polls for a generation. The voters will punish however calls it.

        • weka 21.2.1.2

          +1

          Also, it’s the upswing in support for Corbyn’s Labour that is important. It takes time for people to realise that neoliberalism is dying and there is a better option. The shift in the culture is huge even if Labour lose.

          Plus the non-vote (haven’t seen any turnout figures yet).

        • Ad 21.2.1.3

          Correct numbers.

          You are wrong to equate Labour and SNP.

          My comparison was Labour to Labour seats.

          Not Labour to Fantasy.

          • Draco T Bastard 21.2.1.3.1

            My comparison was Labour to Labour seats.

            Which is the wrong comparison.

            The comparison is Tory to Socialist.

            My comparison was Labour to Labour seats.

            Which is wrong.

            Not Labour to Fantasy.

            You’re the one trying to fantasise away a large percentage of the UK population.

      • dukeofurl 21.2.2

        You are forgetting the seats in Scotland that switched from labour to SNP. They used to be a minor party in Westminster with a handful in the years you are talking about. Scottish independence has scrambled labours vote there for the last two.

        But they are essentially the same labour voters , so as a rough calculation add 50 seats to the last two elections for labours numbers.

  20. Armada 22

    The DUP will support the Tories and try to row back The Good Friday agreement and relationship with the EU and The Republic of Ireland.
    They shafted their founder, Ian Paisley, for enteringing into the agreememts that have led to peace: i.e. Paisley was not extreme enough for them. Many are creationist and would be more at home with US Republicans like Cruz!

    • weka 22.1

      ta. So more like this,

      Lab 232
      SNP 56
      Plaid Cymru 3
      Green 1

      LibDem 8

      Cons 330
      UKIP 1
      DUP – unionist 8

      other Northern Ireland
      Sinn Fein – has said they won’t take their seats parliament 4
      SDLP – social democratic 3

      Ulster UP – unionist 2

      Speaker 1
      Independent 1

  21. greywarshark 23

    Just repeating a tweet from above – a really great quote, almost Churchillian!
    From Jeremy Corbyn apparently –

    Corbyn: “You don’t deal with a threat to democracy by taking away democracy. You deal with the threat.”

  22. AB 24

    Labour just narrowly won an SNP seat. ( Rutherglen & Hamilton West with a 0.5% majority)
    I hope Scottish Labour don’t split the vote and let the Cons in in Scotland!

  23. Ovid 25

    One bookie now has Corbyn leading May to be next PM.

  24. Sanctuary 26

    Who is afraid of the Daily Mail now?

  25. Punters at Kiwiblog seem … startled? unsettled? snookered?
    Hard to tell…commenters are…subdued…

    • Ad 27.1

      Completely appropriate to be subdued on this performance.
      It leaves the UK citizens with a weak government.
      It leaves Labour slightly better than 2015.
      That’s it.

      • dukeofurl 27.1.1

        Weak government ?
        have you learnt nothing from how national and labour has worked in NZ. Even the Liberals/nationals do fine with just 1 seat majority.
        Sure not everything sails through, nor should it.

        The sort of shove everything through parliament is so last century

        • Ad 27.1.1.1

          Ours is mild, with minor shifts each time. Even our media get that.

          Neither their parliament nor their media are ready for this.

          It’s going to take months to settle, ie weak.

  26. swordfish 28

    Final Polls

    Survation …….……. Tory Lead 1%
    SurveyMonkey ….. Tory Lead 4%

    ….. closest Pollsters in 2015 and closest Pollsters once again by the look of it.

    Pre-UK election discussion

    YouGov, meanwhile, lost its bottle at the last moment ….. changed its methodology
    for the final Poll after sustained sneering from other Pollsters, the media, and Tories’ pet US Democrat Jim Messina (= transformed 2 point Tory Lead to 7).

    Their experimental model’s looking good, of course, but they really can’t have it both ways.

    • dukeofurl 28.1

      You have scrambled You Govs two different types of polls

      Their weekly panel with 55K resonders was much the same as 42-38%
      Their separate polling using normal techniques for the Times ( 2.2k response ) was 42 – 35. It was previously 42-38.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_United_Kingdom_general_election,_2017

      as well , the national numbers cant be a predictor of seat results. Labour normally has a higher number of seats than its national average of votes

      • swordfish 28.1.1

        Haven’t “scrambled” anything !

        I made it crystal clear that these are entirely separate and simply suggested that YouGov can’t have their cake and eat it

        YouGov’s changed methodology for its final Poll (conventional polling for the Times) transformed 2 point Tory Lead to 7

        Try re-reading my comment and try not to be quite so silly and Gotcha !!!-style ultra-competitive

  27. Editractor 29

    Labour win Stockton South. Interesting because it looks like the UKIP vote collapsed and went predominantly to Labour (with a few Lib Dem and Green votes possibly going their way as well). Turnout not changed much either (69 to 71%) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton_South_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

  28. BM 30

    Hilarious, Poms will be leaving by the boatload if Corbyn wins.

    I expect the pound will go to parity with the US dollar if labours pulls this off.

    • Editractor 30.1

      “Poms will be leaving by the boatload if Corbyn wins”.

      The ferries only go to Northern Ireland or Europe, so I doubt it.

      • saveNZ 30.1.1

        NZ’s lucky day… (sarc)

      • dukeofurl 30.1.2

        “Poms will be leaving by the boatload if Corbyn wins”.

        There is something like 1.2 mill UK expats in Europe , So whats New

    • Enough is Enough 30.2

      as long as the tory bastards don’t come here, that will be a good thing for the UK

    • greywarshark 30.3

      The beauty of living in Britain of recent years is that Poms have been free to come and go, live, leave and return as they wished. Unlike us, stuck on the bottom of the world a constantly flaring pimple, next to the great big boil of Australia.

      However Brits have seen their nation run down by the cult-like neo-liberals and have stupidly given up the idea of being connected in bonds of inter-commitment and shared increments of personal bounty. Now they have much less, and they don’t know how best to recover some of what they have lost.

    • james 30.4

      Not really – after all the voted for him in serious numbers – why would they leave?

  29. Enough is Enough 31

    This is beginning to feel just like Brexit and the election of Trump.

    The unthinkable is happening before our eyes. The result no one predicted.

    Here comes PM Corbyn.

    • saveNZ 31.1

      Fingers crossed, but it’s looking promising. Someone with integrity against all the odds finally being PM of Britain.

    • Blackcap 31.2

      Markets do not like Corbyn’s chances. He is currently (1:44pm NZ time) a 7-1 shot of being PM. Might be a good dabble 🙂

  30. weka 32

    Owen Jones‏Verified account @OwenJones84 21m21 minutes ago

    So everyone please applaud @RupaHuq and her campaigners. Today she defended a 274 majority. Today she won a 14,000 majority. ✊

  31. swordfish 33

    New Statesman (half an hour ago)

    Here’s where we are.

    Labour have made remarkable strides in England and Wales.

    But regrettably, the Conservative decline in England is being matched by forward strides in Scotland.

    It now looks as if the Tories will end up able to govern, either alone or with the help of the Unionist parties. But it is very, very close.

    • RedLogix 33.1

      So Scotland finishes up forcing a Tory govt on England? How utterly bizarre … and karmic at the same time.

      • swordfish 33.1.1

        Yep, quite possibly ….. irony of ironies ….. though still knife-edge stuff, nothing’s quite cast in stone at this point

        Unfortunately, Tory-friendly DUP doing very well in Ulster too

  32. swordfish 34

    LD’s Nick Clegg has lost his seat to Labour.

    LD’s Vince Cable has won his old Twickenham seat off the Tories, on a massive swing

    Tim Farron may lose his seat

    Conservatives have beaten SNP’s Angus Robertson in Moray

    • dukeofurl 34.1

      Guardian side bar is wrong ‘Lib Dem fails to take Twickenham’ yet details give it as a hold.
      Also party totals out as LibDems have lost Nick Cleggs seat. They say 0 change.!

  33. JC 35

    “Corbyn calling on May to resign” ??

  34. swordfish 36

    New Statesman (Good Summary)

    Here’s where we are.

    Labour have gained seats in England, Wales and Scotland, from the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. They have lost the seat of Walsall to the Tories.

    The Conservatives have lost seats in England and Wales to Labour, but have swapped seats with the Liberal Democrats, losing Twickenham but gaining Southport.

    The SNP are losing seats to everybody. Conservative gains, in excess of that predicted at the start of the night, looking to be making up for at least some of the lost seats elsewhere.

    In Northern IReland, the Unionist parties are sweeping the board. The SDLP, Labour’s sister party, has been wiped out.

    That means that provided the Tories can finish with more than 310 seats, they will still be in office.

    The result is a massive triumph and a huge step forward for Labour, who have closed the gap in many marginals that became near-unwinnable in 2015.

  35. weka 37

    Owen Jones‏Verified account @OwenJones84 38m38 minutes ago

    Labour’s surge is so great, they’ve halved Boris Johnson’s majority. What a tweet to be able to type #Election2017

    • weka 37.1

      Rou Reyno‏Verified account @RouReynolds

      Corbyn wins Islington North with an increased majority from 29,659 in 2015 to 40,086 in 2017. Mad numbers! What a legend.

  36. Ad 38

    If I was Theresa May, I would be getting ready to invite Labour to support key policies from the cross benches.

    In particular BREXIT and the terrorism responses.

    She needs to get someone else to hold the lightning rod for a while and stop any opportunity for Corbyn.

  37. Carolyn_nth 39

    Twitter is telling me Labour have taken Canterbury, which has been Tory since 1841!

    “Come gather round people wherever you roam…”

    • weka 39.1

      It’s very moving, whatever happens.

    • swordfish 39.2

      Yep – Tory since 1841

      Labour soaring by more than 20 points on its 2015 Canterbury result to score 45% to Conservatives’ 44.7%.

      On a big turnout of 72.7%

    • Anne 39.3

      My English roots (parents) are rattling to jump out…

  38. weka 40

    “From 4am a deluge of results from key swing seats across the country are expected to come through.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2017/jun/08/live-uk-election-results-in-full-2017

    that’s round about now NZT.

  39. greywarshark 41

    Discussion from the The Herald Scotland Political Editor on how they are going. It looks in the balance for a number of Scottish electorates whether the SNP will still hold them, though they remain confident that in Scotland they will have a majority of the seats and still have power in London.

    The images are great of the great hall for vote counting. Everyone is fully involved, good to see how democratic vote system can work. And the voting forms being emptied out onto the counters benches, one woman reaching up with her green rubber sorting ‘thumb’ at the ready. Literally hands on and transparent, so no hacker opportunity here.

    The contention up there seems to be about whether they should have a second costly referendum so soon, as it is divisive.
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15337601.SNP_set_to_lose_22_seats_in_worst_electoral_reverse_for_almost_40_years/?ref=mrb&lp=5#

    • dukeofurl 41.1

      The first one was ‘once in a generation’, thats more likely true. if the Scots hated Brexit so much , why did they vote Tory in Scotland ?

  40. greywarshark 42

    Looking at the northern tip of Scotland, is a big area with a bit under 30,000 voters and the Lib Dems rich gold colour has taken with about 11,000 and SNP two thousand less and trailed by Cons less another two thousand.

  41. Kevin 43

    Mr ‘Unelectable’ is doing all right.

  42. Cemetery Jones 44

    UKIP got totally waxed because Article 50 and Nick Clegg have been triggered, so job seen as done. Looks like about a third of their voters returned to the Conservatives and two thirds to Labour.

    SNP getting BTFO too – minus 16 seats and counting. That’s going to make Sturgeon’s arguments for IndyRef2 a little harder – this could easily be seen to be a rebuke given how tactical voters have clearly been in some of these seats.

    • dukeofurl 44.1

      Even the architect of the independence referendum Alex Salmond is gone

      • Cemetery Jones 44.1.1

        Yeah that’s massive – and while I’m not a major SNP fan, I do actually feel sorry for him in ways I don’t for Angus Robertson.

        Also: Yessss the Beast of Bolsover is back! Dennis Skinner holds his seat!

        Bolsover
        Lab hold Bolsover with a 11.4% majority, 63% turnout

        candidates votes %
        Dennis Skinner 24,153 51.9
        Helen Harrison 18,865 40.5
        Philip Rose 2,129 4.6
        Ross Shipman 1,372 3.0

  43. swordfish 45

    After 356 seats declared, projected UK vote share –

    Conservative 43.1%,
    Labour 39.7%

    Which would mean Lab 3.5 points up on 2005 Blair’s Labour

    • swordfish 45.1

      Blair – that wonderful old showbiz chanteuse – who suggested in 2015:

      The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below … If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation..

      And, if I remember rightly, he and other Blairite / Brownite critics of Corbyn put a specific figure on that putative “rout”, suggesting he’d drive Labour support down well below 20% at the following Election if he was still leading.

      • gsays 45.1.1

        Hi swordfish,
        Nice quote.
        Thank you for your analysis and commentary.
        Along with Bill, I trust your judgement.

    • Macro 45.2

      On the basis of 540 results that are in (out of 650), here are the overall figures for numbers of seats, gains, losses, number of votes etc. The figures are from the Press Association.

      Conservatives

      Total: 248

      Gains: 15

      Losses: 25

      Total votes: 11,009,108

      Vote share: 41.59%

      Change: +5.94

      Forecast: 320

      Labour

      Total: 228

      Gains: 30

      Losses: 3

      Total votes: 10,719,321

      Vote share: 40.50%

      Change: +9.44

      Forecast: 260

      An even more close contest than you suggest.
      41.6% : 40.5%

  44. Editractor 46

    “UK election turnout up in nearly every seat in possible boost for Jeremy Corbyn” – http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/uk-election-turnout-up-results-labour-jeremy-corbyn-boost-latest-news-updates-a7780446.html

    I wonder if the headline should read “UK election turnout up in nearly every seat, possibly boosted because of Jeremy Corbyn”. Lessons to be learned on how to get people out to vote?

    If it’s up 4% at that point and turnout was 66% in 2015, it would be great if they could break 70% by the end of the count.

  45. Sanctuary 47

    These Tory landslides aren’t what they used to be.

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  46. Anne 48

    Latest prediction by the BBC expert (dunno his name), Britain is heading for a hung parliament. That means the fun has only just started. 🙂

  47. james 49

    What ever happens from this point on in with the results a few things are clear.

    1 – May – in calling a snap election when she didn’t have to (and having it backfire so spectacularly) , will go down in history as one of politics greatest “dumb assed moves”

    2 – People who predicted Corbyn as “unelectable” or a “walking disaster” (And I was one) – Need to admit they got that seriously wrong. There are a lot of the population that back him – perhaps its time for a little more listening.

    3 – Dont be asshats – people voted for him – dosnt matter if you dont like the outcome – it should be respected.

    • Enough is Enough 49.1

      Well Said James

      • Cemetery Jones 49.1.1

        Agreed, I think those are the insights of the night. I have to admit I was wavering on Corbyn’s chances, though mostly because he’s too easily cucked on Brexit and Islamic terrorism, rather than anything pundits had to say. But hey, I don’t see him being overthrown as leader of the opposition now, so there’s always a chance he’ll harden up, or simply not be PM until Brexit has already happened.

    • The decrypter 49.2

      You should be a cub reporter for the Herald james.

  48. Macro 50

    The other result from this election where the popular voting is almost 40% to 40% Conservative : Labour but the Tories end up with around 320 seats to Labours 230 is that the FPP system of single electorates is seriously f**ked as far as democratic representation in Parliament is concerned.

  49. weka 51

    as of 5.50pm there are 9 seats to count and the Tories need 5 to get a majority with DUP.

    • weka 51.1

      except the Guardian graphic isn’t taking Sinn Fein into account 🙁

      • dukeofurl 51.1.1

        They are under ‘other’

        Effectively the majority to be reached is not 326 ( 350/2 +1) but is 319

    • Poission 51.2

      650 seats minus Sinn Fein (to take their seat they are required to swear allegiance to HRH) hence

      650-7= 643

      Conservatives 312
      DUP 10
      ——
      322 -643 =321

      Game over.

      • Poission 51.2.1

        Update DUP website has crashed due to heavy traffic,Foster previously said couldn’t support Corbyn due to his previous support of IRA.

        • weka 51.2.1.1

          Is it a given that they will support the Tories? They could sit in the cross benches.

          • dukeofurl 51.2.1.1.1

            All NI Unionist parties have been aligned with Conservatives when it suits.
            The Scottish Conservatives used to be a separate party called Unionist.

          • Poission 51.2.1.1.2

            Foster framed the election as a NI vote on the union (UK) and brexit (they are devout leavers) NI now gets to wag the dog.

      • weka 51.2.2

        ta, just caught on to the graphic I was following not taking SF into account.

  50. greywarshark 52

    Using Herald Scotland site that Bill put up this morning the latest is:

    Labour 260
    SNP 35
    LibDems 12
    Plaid Cymru 4
    Green 1

    Conservative 312
    Other 18
    UKIP 0

    Tightrope walking time. Doesn’t mention NI.

  51. greywarshark 53

    Further to figures just put up, North and Southeast Cornwall, St Ives and Devizes not through yet.
    But Truro and Falmouth hold for Conservatives, Redruth etc. Fairly Conservative down there I think. All the tin miners emigrated I think.

  52. dukeofurl 54

    Too vague, its just seems to be taken from Guardian data.

    Northern Island has been left out, and yet they decide the election with DUP going with Conservatives and Sinn Fein seats not counted ( making easier for Tories)

  53. dukeofurl 55

    The only seats outstanding are Tory, 5
    Some of those are marginal, and the just picked up a Lib Dem, but their marginals are in the South West. LibDem territory
    St Ives, Cornwall Nth and Newquay

  54. mauī 56

    Bugger, not that I know much about UK politics but it looks like a Conservatives/DUP (Northern Irish) government.

    So close but yet so far for Labour.

  55. greywarshark 57

    Latest –
    L 261
    SNP LD PC G 52 = 313

    Cons 314

    And 18 – All NI?
    DUP NI 8
    Social Democratic
    & Labour (NI) 3
    Ulster Unionists NI 2
    Sinn Fein NI 4

    Which is 17 seats in last election now 18 ?

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    17 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    12 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    17 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    19 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    2 days ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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    2 days ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
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    2 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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    2 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    2 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    3 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    3 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    4 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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    4 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    5 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    6 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    7 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    7 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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    1 week ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    1 week ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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