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Can Labour oust the Conservatives?

| 26.04.2017

June’s General Election could be the best chance Labour has to take control

Well, it’s official. After Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there will be a snap General Election, Members of Parliament voted heavily in favour of the motion by a 522 to 13 vote.

On Thursday 8th June, the nation will take to the polls to vote for who they think should govern the United Kingdom for the next five years and more importantly, be the key negotiator in Britain’s exit from the EU.

As with every major event, you can bet on the General Election at Coral.

May looking to disband opposition

With Labour looking disenfranchised under the opinion-dividing Jeremy Corbyn, Ukip losing support under Paul Nuttall and the Lib Dems hardly looking likely to be anything in the way of worthy opposition alone, this election could be the Conservatives’ proverbial “final nail” in their opposing party’s coffins.

Love her or loathe her, it’s a cunning ploy from the PM to put paid to doubts about her party’s ability to negotiate Britain’s inevitable EU exit.

At the time of writing, Coral make the Conservatives an unattractive 1/16 in the betting to win the most seats and a slightly more backable 1/6 for a Conservative Majority.

Could election U-turn hurt the PM?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an election campaign event in Church House, London.

The Conversatives are looking to take advantage of an apparent unassailable lead in the polls

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has not hidden her distaste for May’s “extraordinary U-turn”, after the Prime Minister promised on numerous occasions that she would NOT call an early election and it’s possible that going back on her word could have a negative impact on her party’s performance come June.

The Tories have quite clearly called this early election in the belief that confidence in Jeremy Corbyn is waning, with polls suggesting voters do not see him as a viable alternative to lead the nation through Brexit and beyond. But by calling this early election, May could be pushing voters to desperation and into the arms of Labour.

Refusal of live debate shows Tory confidence

However, such is the confidence of Theresa May and the Conservative party that they will win this election and will gain even more seats in Parliament, that they have point-blank refused any notion of the PM partaking in any live debates – something all opposing parties are insisting happen.

Again though, like the U-turn on the decision to actually have an early General Election, the reluctance to appear on TV and debate the country’s biggest issues with opposing leaders could be seen as cowardly by many and push those voters towards alternative parties. The Tories response would likely be that they feel not enough will be pushed towards Labour to make up the apparent 21 point gap in the polls. A risk indeed, albeit a small one.

Whatever you think is going to happen in the 2017 General Election, you can get your bets on right now at Coral.

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Daniel McKeown