The British General Election of 2017
The British General Election of 2017 is the definitive and authoritative account of one of the most dramatic elections in British history. Throwing aside her natural caution, Theresa May called a snap election and was widely expected to crush Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Her gamble backfired spectacularly as the Conservatives lost their Commons majority to a resurgent Labour led by one of the most unconventional politicians to lead a major British political party. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, with unparalleled access to all the key players, The British General Election of 2017 offers a revelatory guide to what really happened. The 20th edition in this prestigious series of books dating back to 1945, it is designed to appeal to everyone — from Westminster insiders and politics students to the wider general public.
Labour won the campaign. It did not win the election
In their introduction to The British General Election of 1945 – the volume that began the so-called “Nuffield” election studies – R. B. McCallum and his co-author Alison Readman began with the Duke of Wellington’s observation that you could no more describe a battle than you could describe a ballroom. ‘Still less’, they remarked, ‘can you describe a general election.’ The only thing that was certain about a general election they said was: ‘It is not simple.’
‘…THE BIBLE OF GENERAL ELECTIONS.’ — David Dimbleby
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