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Theresa May stated that there would be no general election repeatedly but then on Tuesday 18th, April 2017, she stood outside 10 Downing Street and announced that she was calling a general election, to take place on the 8th, June 2017. That was one of a few u-turns made by the prime minister of Great Britain, one other was the dementia tax that was proposed in the conservative manifesto but after the outrage it caused she backtracked and it never came to fruition.
During the election campaign, Mrs May was called up on her record and the record of her party, on numerous occasions, perhaps one of the biggest issues she was questioned over was the cuts to policing. During Theresa May’s time as Home Secretary and as Prime Minister (between 2010 and 2016), during her time as Home Secretary, May agreed to a treasury demand to cut police budgets by 18 percent. Over the next five years police numbers in England and Wales fell from 144,353 to 122,859, so since 2010, when Theresa May became Home Secretary, The number of police dwindled by 21,500, which has, in turn, led to a rise in crime, something that is denied by Theresa May and current Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Certain parts of the media (social and otherwise) tried to dig the dirt on Theresa May’s main rival, Jeremy Corbyn, lots of things were written and said about him, but perhaps the most ironic were the accusations that Jeremy Corbyn was a “terrorist sympathiser,” with a fake picture of a person that resembled Jeremy Corbyn at the funeral of an IRA member. Another picture that was thrown around (this time a genuine one) was of Jeremy Corbyn stood with the leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, it was taken when they met during the Northern Ireland peace negotiations, the meeting was required so discussions could take place, what wasn’t being reported was that Theresa May met with the Saudis to sell them weapons, this was during the election campaign, I believe!
Fast forward to the 9th, June 2017 and Great Britain woke to news that Theresa May's Conservative party had lost their majority, the Tories won 318 seats, 13 fewer than they started the campaign with and short of the 326 needed to command an outright majority in the House of Commons. Mrs May clung to power, with the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who won 10 seats, far closer to the “coalition of chaos” she warned would take over under Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. With Labour winning 262 seats and its share of the national vote rising to 41 percent, it was a personal triumph for Corbyn, securing his position as Labour leader and raising Labour's chances of seizing power at the next general election.
Some of Theresa May's cabinet, the likes of Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson don’t do her any favours either, Hunt is completely destroying the NHS, with underfunding and his complete lack of competence, during the current NHS winter crisis Mrs May carried out a cabinet reshuffle, Mr Hunt looked set to be removed from his Health Secretary role after his mismanagement of the NHS, instead of being removed from the post, Hunt was kept in the newly named role of Secretary of State for Health and Social care. Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whose comments could of led to a British-Iranian woman, currently serving five years in an Iranian jail, having her sentence lengthened.
“Strong and stable” is what was promised by Theresa May but with all the lies and u-turns, name calling and refusing to take part in the televised debates with the other parties leaders, what we actually have is weak and wobbly!