The fate count is in progress: the British are looking forward to Scotland

Fate count is in progress
The British are looking forward to Scotland

The whole of Great Britain looks spellbound on Scotland. There the counting of the regional elections is still in progress, which could lead to a new independence referendum. A clear trend has not yet been identified. But important clues could soon come from certain constituencies.

After counting the votes in two of 73 constituencies in Scotland’s general election, no clear trend was evident in the early afternoon. The Liberal Democrats were able to secure their mandate on the Orkney Islands, the Scottish National Party SNP asserted itself in an electoral district in Aberdeen. While the final result is not expected until Saturday, the results in some contested constituencies could already give an indication of whether the SNP of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has achieved an absolute majority. The SNP hopes this will put pressure on London for a second independence referendum. The outcome of the regional election is therefore considered to be decisive for the future of Great Britain. The results from Wales and other regions are also still pending.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling party recorded an important victory in north-east England. In the Hartlepool constituency, traditionally dominated by the left Labor party, Jill Mortimer was the first Conservative candidate to win the parliamentary mandate, according to the official election results. Mortimer received 15,529 votes, almost twice as many as their Labor counterpart Paul Williams (8,589 votes).

“It is a really historic result and an important day,” said the newly elected MP Mortimer. The Labor Party took its victory in the constituency for too long for granted. The entire region has long been considered a stronghold of the Labor Party. The previous MP resigned after allegations of sexual assault. Both parties knew about the special importance of this by-election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had personally campaigned in Hartlepool on Monday.

Johnson feels encouraged

The result is likely to increase pressure on opposition leader Keir Starmer, who when he was elected party leader a year ago promised to rebuild Labor and re-establish links with traditional voters. “We cannot hide the fact that this is a staggering result for Labor,” Labor MP Steve Reed told the BBC. It shows that the party has not changed quickly enough.

Johnson called the result “very encouraging”. It shows that his government has focused on the priorities of the people and on getting out of the pandemic as soon as possible, said the premier in the West Midlands. Johnson had come under pressure several times in the past few weeks, including a luxury renovation of his official residence.