What a night/morning. I still haven’t slept yet! Even though as a person of the left-wing persuasion I am completely devastated at the result, it was a very eventful election I want to share with you some of my highlights.
I know it doesn’t take long and going to a polling station to put an X in a box seems really boring but I really love it. My polling station was just a temporary cabin in the road with a porter loo!
I went to a party to celebrate 5 years of Bite the Ballot, a charity aiming to get young people engaged in politics. There were political party cocktails!
After the party, there was an after-party! Of course. We went back to Bite the Ballot’s offices in central London to watch the results come in. We had alcohol, snacks and later in the evening we got pizza! I even brought my pyjama bottoms with me for added comfort!
This is where it started to go down hill. All the opinion polls said it was too close to call between Labour and Conservatives but the exit poll told a different story… At first we were shocked and confused but then the fear set in.
Paddy Ashdown’s Hat
When the exit poll was announced the ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown, said on the BBC, “if this exit poll is right I will publicly eat my hat”. The the internet did what the internet does best and this happened:
When it was clear that the exit poll was right Ashdown was given a hat but he refused to eat it. Shame.
Political enthusiast and Bite the Ballot employee, Jazza John, found the whole thing so exciting he had to take a nap… THROUGH THE WHOLE THING!
Seeing the BBC Election Map
Seeing TV things IRL is always exciting. The election map looked really cool and we were a 15 minute walk away so at 5:30am Rosianna and I decided to head over and check it out. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed anywhere near it but it was still cool.
The average turnout in Scotland was 71.1% which was much higher than the UK average and it was above 80% in two constituencies. This is amazing and makes me extremely excited. Scotland are engaged. Agree or disagree with the outcome and the politics of the SNP but look how much Scottish people care! They’ve shown that if you turnout you can dramatically change the outcome of an election. The SNP have 56 seats in Parliament, that’s 50 more than they had in 2010!
Caroline Lucas winning
The only Green MP kept her seat! Go Brighton! By the time this result was announced a Tory majority was pretty certain, I was home in my onesie and I was an emotional wreck.
Nigel Farage losing
Again, despite a Tory majority being clear at this point I was extremely happy to hear that Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP (although not anymore) did not win a seat.
Ed Miliband thanking the ‘Milifandom’ in his speech
The result of this election was a complete shock and the poor results for Labour and the Lib Dems saw the resignation of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg as their respective party leaders. Nigel Farage also resigned from UKIP leadership. Three party leaders in one afternoon!? Crazy! Anyway, internet culture won once again when Ed said this in his speech.
Women in politics
And despite the devastating result we have seen some progression. More women in Parliament than ever! Granted it’s still only 30% but it’s an improvement from 2010’s 23%. I like to think that this has something do with having three female party leaders on the national televised debates and absolutely killing it. More women in politics please! 50/50!
And that’s it! Let me know in the comments what your election highlights are. Did you stay up all night? Are you not from the UK and have no idea what’s going on? Are you happy with the result or devastated like me? Here’s to the next 5 years! Just because the election is over doesn’t mean we stop fighting for what we believe in!