Before we get to the good news locally, let’s pause to celebrate good news from across the pond, where UK PM Theresa May lost her majority. As reported in the Guardian, “The British prime minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election spectacularly failed on Thursday night, when she lost her majority in parliament and was forced to turn to a deal with a smaller party to stay in power.”
Labour defied the odds to win around 40% of the vote, with the Tories on 42%. Corbyn’s aides said the jump in the party’s share since previous leader Ed Miliband won 30% in 2015 was the largest between two general elections for any party since 1945. It was also higher than the 35.2% won by Labour’s Tony Blair in his third election victory in 2005.
Corbyn’s achievement was credited to a unique alliance of enthused younger voters and previous non-voters combined with some older anti-establishment United Kingdom Independence party (Ukip) voters hit by the Tories’ austere economic policies. Turnout rose about two points from 2015, to 68.7%.
But the good election news wasn’t confined to the other side of the Atlantic. There is ALSO more good election news here at home. In Fairfield Connecticut, Democrat Kevin Kiley won a special election Tuesday to fill an empty seat on the Board of Selectmen, which flipped control of the Board to Democrats.
As reported by Senator Chris Murphy on twitter, “This is a big deal. Special election in a swing town flips Board of Selectmen control from R to D. And it wasn’t close.”
Read more about the Fairfield election here.