I’m not sure we should be allowed to describe any political result as a “surprise” anymore, but it’s fair to say that last night was a pretty extraordinary night on many levels.
It has now been confirmed that the Conservative Party will not secure a majority from the election, but could form a government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party in a hung parliament. This is a very different reality to the confident outcome that many foretold a month ago of a sweeping Conservative landslide victory, which is not a view we shared. Our central expectation was for a small Conservative majority, despite our disbelief at the campaign the Conservatives were running and the complacency that many had over a likely sweeping Conservative victory.
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