Well, this has been an interesting few weeks.
Against all the odds, the Conservatives failed to take the sweeping majority they were predicted – in fact they failed to take any majority at all. The Labour Party, while not managing to gain enough seats to oust the Tories, nevertheless made extraordinary gains in seats thought to be fairly safe marginals or even Tory strongholds.
This includes local Cornish seats. While remaining in the hands of the Conservatives, the results were much closer than in previous years. In Camborne and Redruth, and Truro and Falmouth, Labour made huge gains of 19.3% and 22.5%, respectively. The majority for Camborne MP George Eustice went down from 7,004 to only 1,577.
This huge swing could be attributed to the mobilisation of the student population in these constituencies, with the increased youth vote across the country helping to see Labour to success in many traditionally Conservative places such as Canterbury. While this mobilisation wasn’t quite enough to see out the Conservatives, it doesn’t mean that it can’t still make a difference. These seats are now much more marginal than they were previously, and it can give the young people who live in them much more of a voice, and it’s important that they use it.
Following the election of Donald Trump in the United States, there were waves of activists encouraging people to reach out to their elected representatives to express displeasure at the administration, and reach out they did. Following controversial policies such as Trump’s proposed ‘travel ban’ and his rolling back of the Affordable Care Act, Republican representatives became inundated with phone calls, emails, even faxes from people expressing their displeasure with these policies. That is something that could be done in the UK and, if executed right, done with much greater effect.
British constituencies aren’t like American states – they are much smaller, and therefore make the grievances of its constituents more likely to be taken notice of. The Camborne and Truro constituencies now have significantly lower majorities than they did following the last election, and that makes their MPs much more likely to listen, because, in the end, that is what they are elected for; to carry out the wishes of their constituents. Let’s say that you strongly opposed the Conservatives recent alliance with the DUP, or were unhappy with a piece of legislation the Conservatives were trying to put through. If enough people emailed their local MP expressing this discontent, it could easily sway them to vote one way or another.
Many people have become disengaged with politics, thinking that they have no voice or that they can’t make a difference. That is a lie. You can make a difference, you just have to be persistent enough and bothered enough to try.
MP Contact Details
George Eustace, MP for Camborne and Redruth (the constituency for those living in Glasney Student Village):
Contact Page – https://www.georgeeustice.org.uk/contact
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number (Westminster Office)- 020 7219 7032
Phone Number (Constituency Office)- 01209 713 355
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth:
Contact Page – https://www.sarahnewton.org.uk/contact
Email – email@example.com
Phone Number (Constituency Office) – 01872 274 760
If you’re unsure of which constituency you fall under, type your postcode into the electoral calculator: