June 8, 2009

THE DEATH OF CONSERVATISM HAS BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED:

Election results: Gordon Brown 'to limp on' despite voters deserting Labour: Labour share of vote below 16% (Patrick Wintour, Deborah Summers and Matthew Weaver, 8 June 2009, Guardian)

Gordon Brown will limp on like a "wounded elephant" unless Labour rebels can garner the necessary 70 signatures to force a leadership challenge today, insiders predicted as the party suffered its worst electoral result since the first world war.

In a devastating night for Labour, the party won just 15% of the popular vote, allowing the far right British National Party to clinch its first two seats in the European parliament.

Worse than expected results for the prime minister saw Labour pushed into second place by the Tories in Wales for the first time since 1918, suffering its lowest vote in Scotland since before first world war and humiliatingly finishing third to Ukip nationally.


Barroso Eyes New EU Term After Centre-Right Gains: Far-right forces won parliamentary seats in some countries, including Britain, but they and other fringe parties did less well than expected (Javno, 6/08/09)
Centre-right forces stepped up a campaign to secure a second term for Jose Manuel Barroso as European Commission president on Monday, the day after winning the most seats in a European Parliament election.

Although ruling parties were defeated in some of the countries worst hit by the global financial crisis and turnout slumped to a record low of just 43 percent, governing conservatives did well in most of the big European economies.

Barroso is the main candidate so far to lead the European Union's executive Commission, which has far-reaching powers to regulate and propose legislation. The role of Commission chief is vital in determining how the body deals with national EU capitals which often seek to resist its initiatives.


European Parliament Election Results by Country (Der Spiegel, 6/08/09)
The June 4-7 European Parliament elections delivered a setback for the European left and gains for center-right and right-wing parties across the continent. SPIEGEL ONLINE gives an overview of the results by country.

The 2009 elections to the European Parliament were marked by historically low voter turnout and victories for center-right and right-wing parties. SPIEGEL ONLINE provides a country-by-country breakdown of the election results.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2009 6:36 AM
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