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THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF TUMBRA
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Postby Tumbra » Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:13 pm

Everett Unveils Second Cabinet

Amongst the reveals was the surprise move of Deputy PM Alan Philburn to the new Ministry of Technology; Sandra Campbell becomes youngest full Cabinet Minister, aged 32


In a bid to continue surprising pundits and political enemies alike, Kenneth Everett today revealed his full Cabinet lineup, doing away with the tradition of slowly revealing Cabinet members after an election victory. The new Cabinet will have twenty-three ministers in twenty-four portfolios, but that will shrink to twenty-three portfolios by the end of the year.

The biggest surprise of the reveal was that of the Deputy Prime Minister, Alan Philburn, leaving his post and taking the helm of the new Ministry of Technology. Mr. Philburn, 69, will also take charge of the Ministry of Local Government as it winds down its operations and its responsibilities gradually transferred over to other government ministries.

A more minor change was also reflected in the lineup reveal - the Ministry of the Environment will now include Energy in its portfolio title, reversing a change made in 2013.

Everett, who was flanked most notably by both Mr. Philburn and his new Deputy Prime Minister, Eric Cooper-Jones, made the announcement at a press conference called shortly after lunch. While the list of names only included the inner Cabinet - no Minister of State appointments were revealed - they are widely expected to be revealed in due course, before Parliament convenes on the 16th. Well-placed sources have informed that Mr. Everett is planning to increase the number of Ministers of State, and to make it such that one person takes up one sub-portfolio, instead of the current system where one individual can take up multiple sub-portfolios within the same ministry.

Mr. Philburn expressed that him stepping down from the Deputy Prime Ministership was something that he had discussed with the Prime Minister before the election, and that he relished the chance to help set up and establish the new Ministry of Technology, and to guide it to helping all Tumbrans “embrace a technological future”, yet one that was “safe and secure” and had the “propensity to help society progress.”

The appointment has already proved controversial amongst some young voters, with many noting the irony of the oldest member of the Cabinet helming a Ministry that would typically be a strong suit of a younger Minister. Prior to this appointment, the Commerce Secretary, Colin Green (53) was widely expected to be the one to lead the Ministry of Technology. The prevailing wisdom, however, is that Philburn will step down in 2022 once the Ministry is properly established.

Mr. Cooper-Jones, 54, in a short statement, expressed his hope for a productive second term in office and hoped that he would be able to live up to Mr. Philburn’s “capable leadership”. He will, in switching from the Foreign Affairs portfolio, be thrust into a world of provincial interests and navigating a world that is, ironically, considerably more hostile than that of the Continent and otherwise.

Natalie Stern, the Education Minister, will take the Foreign Affairs Portfolio; Emma Chambers, who served as Minister of State for Universities and Adult Learning and the Minister of State for Research, Science and Technology, will take her place at the helm of the Education Ministry.

Colin Green, the Minister for Commerce, will take over at the Ministry of Labour, where incumbent Christopher Raleigh will become the new Leader of the House. Kate Sinclair, who previously served in this position, will then take over as Minister for Commerce.

Edward Hamilton takes over the Urban Development portfolio from Daniel Addison, who himself moves to the International Development portfolio; Andrew Gilligan will take over as the Minister for Culture from Mr. Hamilton.

Five ministers will be leaving the Cabinet; as predicted earlier this week, Peter Symonds (Immigration) and William Bowman (Social Affairs) will be leaving for the backbenches. They will be joined by John McKay (Local Government), Warren Jefferson (Minister without Portfolio) and Graham Pryor (Cabinet Office).

Mr. Symonds will be replaced by his number two at the Ministry of Immigration, Kevin Steinmann; Mr. Bowman will be replaced by the current Minister of State for Religious Affairs, Multiculturalism, Women and Equalities, Sonia Kaur. Both these appointments were regarded as natural successors for the job, and even more so considering that both are allies of the Prime Minister.

The other two newcomers are regarded as surprises; David Carr, 59, the current Minister of State for Revenue, will become the new Minister for the Cabinet Office; it is widely expected that Mr. Carr will serve as a deputy to the Finance Minister, William Stern.

Of the various Ministry of State appointments, particular attention was generated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' "Esportivan Integration" portfolio, which serves as a nod to the final election debate in Kingsbury, where the idea of a closer Esportivan Union was first mooted by the Prime Minister. It seems almost certain now that such a program will be a key focus of the Second Kenneth Everett Ministry, as it seeks to look beyond Tumbra in its second term.

Other new inclusions are Sandra Campbell, 32, who will be the youngest full Minister for over forty years; currently a backbench MP for Couno Langholm, she will become the Minister without Portfolio, and is widely expected to take over at the Ministry of Technology when Mr. Philburn does eventually step down from Cabinet. While not present at the press conference, she later remarked on TBC One in an interview after the press conference that she had been “humbled” by the opportunity, and looked forward to representing “everyone, as much as I can, and especially those without a voice” in Cabinet.

Parliament will convene on the 19th to re-elect the Prime Minister; he is expected to submit the full list of names to President Kelia Campbell (no relation), who will then appoint those named by the Prime Minister to their positions soon after.

The Second Kenneth Everett Ministry
The 55th Government of Tumbra

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Prime Minister/Minister for the Civil Service Kenneth Everett
Minister of State for the Civil Service Darrell Hammond

Deputy Prime Minister/Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs Eric Cooper-Jones

Minister for Finance William Stern
Minister of State for Revenue Adrian Williams
Minister of State for the Banking System Justin Trevelyan
Minister of State for Consumer Protection Michael Hoyle
Minister of State for Economic Development Sen. Sarah Barnes
Minister of State for Innovation Sen. Gordon Stewart

Minister for Foreign Affairs Natalie Stern
Minister of State for Esportivan Integration Pierre La Guire
Minister of State for Esportiva, Atlantian Oceania and Rushmore Sen. Kirsten Somersby
Minister of State for the Independent Regions Sen. Gareth Cahill
Minister of State for the Diplomatic Service and International Security Matthew Coleman

Minister for Home Affairs Joanne Lorcan
Minister of State for Federal Crime and Policing David Roberts
Minister of State for Homeland Security and Intelligence Rachel Firth
Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Noel Gabriel

Minister for Law and Justice/Attorney General Stephen Ewing
Solicitor General Mark Cousins
Minister of State for the Judiciary and Constitution Sen. Timothy Attale
Minister of State for Prisons and Rehabilitation Chris Holcomb

Minister for Defence Michael Kirkland
Minister of State for the Defence Industry and Procurement Brian Kirkby
Minister of State for the Armed Forces Michael Prentice
Minister of State for Veterans Affairs Karl Collier

Minister for Commerce Kate Sinclair
Minister of State for International Trade Jane Milton
Minister of State for Provincial Trade Bill Sutherland
Minister of State for Industry John Bain
Minister of State for Small and Medium Enterprises Douglas Crowther

Minister for Health Hannah Young
Minister of State for Public Health Sen. Aaron Aziz
Minister of State for Social Care Wanda Stevenson
Minister of State for the Health Service Julian Fitch

Minister for Education Emma Chambers
Minister of State for Junior Education Dominic Clarke
Minister of State for Universities Raja Khan
Minister of State for Lifelong Learning and Skills Jonathan Bernstein
Minister of State for National Data and Standards Frank Wilson

Minister for Transport John Hammond
Minister of State for Public Works and Infrastructure William Lamb
Minister of State for the Railways Neal Goodwin
Minister of State for Urban Transport Ian Randall
Minister of State for Aviation Transport Ann Downing
Minister of State for Maritime Transport Rachel Fell

Minister for Labour Colin Green
Minister of State for Manpower, Employment and Labour Relations Bernard Dunn
Minister of State for Corporate Responsibility and Workers’ Rights Lucy Morgan
Minister of State for Workforce and Human Development Marnie Evans
Minister of State for the National Insurance Raja Khan
Minister of State for the National Endowment Bertram Andrews

Minister for Agriculture Helen Blackare
Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security Corrina Howells
Minister of State for Fisheries and Oceans Brenda McCrory
Minister of State for Water Chloe Whittaker
Minister of State for Natural Resources and Land Management Sen. Noel Horner

Minister for Urban Development Edward Hamilton
Minister of State for Housing Rodney Williams
Minister of State for Urban Regrowth and Rehabilitation Sen. George Hendriks
Minister of State for Free City Affairs Marc Denney

Minister for Regional Development Kay Roberts
Minister of State for Rural Infrastructure Heather Pickering
Minister of State for Connectivity and National Opportunity Gavin Miller

Transitional Minister for Local Government Alan Philburn
*Mr Philburn will oversee the activities of the Ministry of Local Government in a demissionary capacity, as its functions
are transferred to various other Federal Ministries.


Minister for Energy and the Environment Sarah Davies
Minister of State for Energy Peter Houghton
Minister of State for Climate Change and Sustainability Sen. Jon Abraham
Minister of State for Wildlife and Parks Luke Fleming

Minister for Culture Andrew Gilligan
Minister of State for Tourism Jeremy Attwood
Minister of State for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Joyce DeCerce
Minister of State for Sport Nicola Symonds

Minister for Immigration Kevin Steinmann
Minister of State for the Border Police Hugh Whittaker
Minister of State for Customs Sen. Will Sanders

Minister for International Development Daniel Addison
Minister of State for Foreign Investment Daniel Hardcastle
Minister of State for Foreign Aid Vanessa Lewis

Minister for Social Affairs Sonia Kaur
Minister of State for Civil Society Angela Lambert
Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Multiculturalism Mary Sharifa
Minister of State for Women and Equalities Sen. Susan Leigh
Minister of State for Youth Lucy Masters
Minister of State for the Elderly Wayne Sutcliffe
Minister of State for Indigenous Rights Jody Clifford

Minister for Technology Alan Philburn
Minister of State for Research, Science and Technology Sen. Matthew Bullock
Minister of State for Digital Media, the Internet and Data Security Trevor Evans
Minister of State for Mass Media and Telecommunications Simon Firth
Minister of State for the Tumbran Space Agency Gavin Clarke

Minister without Portfolio Sandra Campbell

Minister for the Cabinet Office David Carr

Also Attending Cabinet

Leader of the Government in the House Christopher Raleigh

Leader of the Government in the Senate Sen. Bill Tennyson

Chief Whip Tai Diaz
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THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF TUMBRA
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Population: 114 million | TLA: TMB | Capital City: Straton | Largest City: Couno
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President: Kelia Campbell (Labour) | Prime Minister: Kenneth Everett (Labour)
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How Labour Won The Election

Gains in key swing states such as Clearmont and Bechor, whilst retaining most marginal seats wrested over in 2017 landslide, delivered second term for Everett; Message of infrastructural growth and international co-operation likely swayed middle-class voters, who were key to 2.3% headline swing to Labour


The 2021 Tumbran federal elections ended with Labour winning a landslide victory, and an increased majority for its second term in office. While most opinion polls before the election correctly predicted the outcome, they were mostly conservative on the scale of the majority that the Labour Party would win by. The eventual majority of 132 shocked many observers, who expected it to be in the 80-100 range, while the scale of the losses suffered by the Liberal Party also shocked many, who were not expecting the party to fall below 200 seats - its worst result since the party's formation.

So how, then, did the party lose so badly? Most of the 49 seats the Liberal Party lost were of the same demographic - largely urban, largely middle-class dominated suburbanites who were swayed by the Labour Party's message of continuing the economic recovery that Kenneth Everett began in 2017, as well as beginning to reach outwards to the world.

It should be noted that the figures here are first-preference votes; therefore they have little to no implication on who actually won the seats indicated, and merely an indication of party support generally, since voters have to rank the 6 parties from 1 to 6.

Nationally

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election
650 Seats, 326 required for a majority
Turnout: 92.5%
Total Votes Cast: 79,472,184

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 33,374,590 42.00 391 ▲52
Liberal Alliance 28,019,250 35.25 191 ▼50
Moderate 7,209,099 9.07 28 ▼9
Green 5,567,991 7.01 20 ▲2
Conservative 4,001,174 5.03 17 ▲5
Social Democratic 1,300,080 1.64 3 -0

RESULT: Labour majority over all other parties of 132


These were the numbers that many were familiar with throughout the night -- Labour gaining 52, the Liberal Alliance losing 50, and a surge in Conservative support which translated into an added 5 seats for the far-right party in the night. However, these were signs of a more general trend throughout the country, rather than localised in any single state -- which showed how much of an effect the Everett campaign on the public mood. Commentator John Ellis on TNN called it a campaign that was "executed flawlessly", and Labour had been aptly rewarded with their increased majority.

By focusing more on the economic argument and less on the social arguments of yore, including injustice, Everett managed to deliver a targeted message of recovery and belief in a properly-funded welfare state and system, by promising that social nets would remain strong even as the recovery continued. Few bones, however, were thrown to progressives, leading to some switching their first preference votes to the Greens. The campaign was widely regarded as relatively moderate when it touched on social issues, if at all. One note that the new Labour government has promised to touch on -- the involvement of females in the traditionally male-only Tumbran Football League -- proved to be surprisingly progressive, with Everett striking out by saying that it should be the norm in Tumbra, too -- especially since other countries in Esportiva and even in Rushmore and Atlantean Oceania have adopted a similar stance.

Of course, foreign policy would prove to be the dominant topic over the last few weeks of the election campaign, and with good reason. Everett's mooting of an Esportivan Union proved to be the perfect topic to end the election on, and has so far been flawlessly executed. Skating over potential flashpoints including the loss of sovereignty and jobs flowing outwards to other Esportivan countries, Everett chose to focus on the message of free trade and the cost of living, as well as the flow of ideas throughout countries. The Liberals, by contrast, who have always had a problem when determining whether they wanted to be internationalist or rather more isolationist (historically, the party's foreign policy has always been set by the party leader), seemed muted on the response. Anne Monteiro, who already faced a divided Shadow Cabinet, proved to be rather muted in its response -- perhaps losing some Esportiva-sceptic votes to the Conservatives, who hit Labour on the Esportivan Community hard, fast and continued making it a big issue even as the campaign moved towards Election Day.

Napier

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Napier
70 seats
Total Votes Cast: 8,539,002

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 3,650,672 42.75 46 ▲4
Liberal Alliance 3,029,847 35.48 21 ▼3
Moderate 878,027 10.28 1 ▼1
Green 558,521 7.01 1 -0
Conservative 311,016 3.64 1 -0
Social Democratic 80,919 0.95 0 -0


Napier, a traditionally red bastion of votes and seats for the Labour Party on the federal level, swung even harder to the left on 9 April, resulting in Labour picking up four seats - Winsford, Dunglass and Guillemard North from the Liberal Party, and Killiney Ophirwood from the Moderates. Guillemard North was perhaps one of the most-closely watched seats throughout Election Night -- with Shadow Urban Development Minister John Murray losing his seat in dramatic fashion. Trailing by just over a thousand votes on first preferences, preference counts swung between him and his Labour opponent Zachary Simmons, before final preferences put him at just 2,172 votes, or 1.8%, behind. It was a key blow to the Liberals, who had campaigned hard to keep this seat blue. Indeed, Murray's seat, which was one of the most vulnerable in the country, showed a less than average two-party preferred swing to Labour, at just 1.7%, and many pollsters put this seat as a tossup despite it being the first seat to fall in the event of a landslide Labour victory. The Moderates, meanwhile, failed to defend their Defense Spokesperson Duncan Chamberlain's seat, his seat falling on a 5% swing to Labour.

Bechor

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Bechor
61 seats
Total Votes Cast: 7,403,354

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 3,225,420 43.57 38 ▲6
Liberal Alliance 2,701,379 36.49 18 ▼5
Moderate 605,129 8.17 3 ▼1
Green 478,447 6.46 1 -0
Conservative 291,900 3.94 1 -0
Social Democratic 101,079 1.37 0 -0


A big shift in Bechor, as Labour gained 6 seats from the Liberals and Moderates to go clearly first here, after Bechor became the site of many a marginal seat in 2017. Labour's 6 gains were mostly spread out throughout the state - they gained Grinnell in Serrapince, Lowestoft in Marray, Outram in Thurmond, and Oakham and Grantham in the more-rural Carpenter region, with the latter seat seeing a 5% swing away from the National Party (the junior party in the Liberal Alliance) to fall to Labour. The Moderates lost Guelph, and came close to losing Winchester as well, seeing a 4% swing away from it in the two-party vote share. Many seats that Labour gained here were of the same mould as that of the typical Labour target in this election, with Grantham being the notable exception.

Clearmont

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Clearmont
47 seats
Total Votes Cast: 5,674,147

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 2,265,996 39.93 23 ▲9
Liberal Alliance 2,078,815 36.64 20 ▼9
Moderate 464,990 8.19 1 -0
Conservative 427,464 7.53 2 -0
Green 272,390 4.80 0 -0
Social Democratic 164,492 2.90 1 -0


A key state in Everett's path to victory, Clearmont was one of two states where the Liberals got more votes and seats than Labour in the 2017 election (Several had the Liberals winning more votes but Labour winning more seats). A lot of that result was attributed to Darren Hayes' effect (the former Prime Minister was MP for Broxtowe, until he stood down last week), which arguably saved quite a few blue seats from turning red. No reprieve for the Liberals this time, however, as Everett visited Hesham and its suburbs multiple times throughout the campaign period -- resulting in 9 seats flipping from blue to red, including 4 within Hesham itself -- Paiyoh, Northwoods, Westwich and Denton all flipped, while Stockton and Stretford all suffered a small swing against their incumbent MP. Outside the state capital, however, a further 5 seats flipped, including Palling, Thomson North West, Pelham, Leavenworth and Havelock Central, showing just how much Everett's message resonated with the traditionally conservative, agricultural-based southern state.

Georgia

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Georgia
44 seats
Total Votes Cast: 5,289,557

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,970,031 37.24 24 ▲3
Liberal Alliance 1,920,018 36.30 11 ▼8
Conservative 833,682 15.76 7 ▲5
Moderate 278,485 5.26 1 -0
Green 222,044 4.20 1 -0
Social Democratic 65,297 1.23 0 -0


Alan Spalko's self-proclaimed Conservative Revolution came to the fore here, as the Conservatives swept Erie. The 15.76% of first preference votes that the Conservatives registered here proved to be the highest proportion of votes in any state for any third-party effort, and Spalko was swept into office as the new MP for Nottingham on a 16.3% swing, proving just how much the Erie region -- historically a manufacturing hub, but hit hard by the economic crises of the early 2010s and never really recovered -- swung to the right in recent years. Similar swings in neighbouring seats -- 13.9% in Medine, an eye-watering 18.6% in Stepney, 13.4% in Waterford and 14.4% in Coville as Kathleen Nielsen unseated former Cabinet Minister John Harrison, who had to be persuaded not to retire in order to defend the seat from the Conservatives. Similar swings occurred in other Georgian seats, too -- Edwin Smith in Mercer suffered an 11.1% swing, while Edward Jefferson in Alleghany suffered a 14.4% swing. Neither were ousted, though both, when interviewed after the night, reported that the election campaign had largely been a failure, and denigrated Anne Monteiro for it.

Much of Spalko's campaign -- which never left the state, focused on denigrating the Liberals more than it did Labour, whom he virtually ignored up till Everett's comments on further Esportivan integration. It worked, really, but had the unfortunate side effect of delivering three seats to Labour as well. Labour gained Wynyard and Stevenage on the outskirts of Kingsbury, Finchley in the sub-region of Happel, and Meridian in the sub-region of Wabash. Perhaps highlighting how blue this state could still be, first-term MP Terence Milner was ousted in his seat of Clyburn on a 4% swing. Yet, the one gain -- one of three Liberal Alliance gains through the night -- was not enough to offset the loss of Erie, and the more metropolitan seats in Kingsbury.

Marlsbruhe

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Marlsbruhe
37 seats
Total Votes Cast: 4,534,765

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 2,036,289 44.90 26 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 1,448,512 31.94 7 ▼1
Moderate 390,001 8.60 2 ▼1
Green 305,840 6.74 1 -0
Conservative 246,295 5.43 1 -0
Social Democratic 107,828 2.38 0 -0


One of the reddest states in the Federal Republic got even redder as Labour picked up two additional seats -- one apiece from the Liberals and Moderates, both in the metropolitan Fontwell area, in the form of Fontwell South West from the Moderates and Kirbrook from the Liberals -- as not much change occurred here. Several seats came close to changing hands -- the Moderates nearly lost their other seat of Oakwell, too, holding on to the seat on Liberal second preferences (Labour won the initial count, winning about 8,000 more first preferences than the Moderates), while the Liberals came within a whisker of losing the seats of Manechino and Lackenby in the considerably more rural region of Manechino.

Grantfeldt

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Grantfeldt
34 seats
Total Votes Cast: 4,188,506

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,814,411 43.32 19 ▲4
Liberal Alliance 1,448,375 34.58 11 ▼3
Green 333,335 7.96 2 -0
Moderate 320,454 7.65 1 ▼1
Conservative 191,039 4.56 1 -0
Social Democratic 80,892 1.93 0 -0


Grantfeldt, the scene of one of the closest finishes in the 2017 election, saw a less close finish this time, with Labour winning over half of the seats in the state this time. Labour gained Eden, Wicklow and Culdee from the Liberals, while taking Corcorran from the Moderates. Eden and Wicklow saw 5% two-party preferred swings, while Culdee saw a 7% swing -- evident of how Everett's strategy worked in the crucial swing state. The Conservatives attempted to make inroads in the state, but had to be satisfied with the retention of their only seat in Cornell.

Iswilyn

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Iswilyn
30 seats
Total Votes Cast: 3,671,174

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,369,328 37.30 16 ▲3
Liberal Alliance 1,329,490 36.21 10 ▼3
Moderate 557,441 15.18 3 -0
Green 266,804 7.27 1 -0
Conservative 89,982 4.56 0 -0
Social Democratic 58,043 1.58 0 -0


Iswilyn, the site of another nailbiting finish last election, saw a similarly narrow finish this season, as Labour took the most votes by just forty thousand. The state, however saw only one incumbent Moderate MP - Annie Kirkpatrick from Lambeth - survive, as Peter Shore in Vernon and Sharon Clarke in Oakton City both lost their seats to Labour. The Moderates, however, did pick up two seats -- Fullerton from the Liberals and Moresby from Labour -- to end their night in Iswilyn on a net loss of zero seats. Labour, meanwhile, gained Othaven and Brumen from the Liberals. More surprising was the fact that in this relatively sparsely-populated states, a swing to Labour still occurred; and the seats that did flip from Liberal to Labour were more rural.

Severn

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Severn
28 seats
Total Votes Cast: 3,448,615

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,478,685 42.88 18 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 1,129,140 32.74 9 -0
Moderate 300,628 8.72 0 -0
Green 292,644 8.49 0 -0
Conservative 193,779 5.62 0 ▼1
Social Democratic 53,739 1.56 0 -0


Severn, one of the least third-party friendly states in the country, continued that reputation when the Conservatives lost Lewis Bolton's old seat - Waltham - that he'd held since 1988. Waltham was the site of Bolton's announcement of Tumbra First - the party that he founded and led until its dissolution and merger with the Conservatives in 2020, apparently with much reluctance. Bolton retired at the election, and a 5% swing to the Liberals -- much of the vote personal -- saw the seat fall to the Liberals.

The Liberals also lost Nicodale on a 7% swing -- the highest swing between the two parties recorded at this election. Otherwise, Severn was largely quiet in terms of seat movements, which was about expected, given that most of the seat swings between the two big parties occurred in 2017.
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Thornton

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Thornton
26 seats
Total Votes Cast: 3,158,423

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,341,867 42.49 16 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 1,109,356 35.12 9 ▼2
Moderate 290,697 9.20 1 -0
Green 196,502 6.22 0 -0
Conservative 155,581 4.93 0 -0
Social Democratic 64,420 2.40 0 -0


Once again, only minor changes in Thornton, as two seats swapped from the Liberals to Labour. Paterson, held by Ben Oakley, suffered a 7% swing, while Sommerville in the more rural northern part of the state suffered a 6% swing against the incumbent. Both these seats had been identified as target seats by Labour before the election; suitably, they fell on Election Night. The results in this state will prove to be a boon to Premier Edwin O'Connor as he seeks to get re-elected in next month's state election — and hopefully, secure a governing majority for himself in the state, too. The Moderates held on to their one seat with a slightly increased margin, which also bodes well for their state election chances, too.

Fremont

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Fremont
26 seats
Total Votes Cast: 3,151,114

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,406,266 44.63 16 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 1,128,076 35.80 9 ▼2
Moderate 260,981 8.28 1 -0
Green 243,486 7.73 1 -0
Conservative 65,235 2.07 0 -0
Social Democratic 47,070 1.49 0 -0


Fremont, widely regarded as a bellweather, trended red this election cycle as two suburban seats in Hoxford — Overton and Litchfield — fell to Labour on swings of about 3% and 4% respectively. All over the state, Liberals saw their majority slashed, widely attributed to Premier Paul Harrison's sinking popularity ratings as he grapples to fulfill on a raft of budget cuts meant to boost private investment into the state coffers. While Harrison is not up for election until 2023, there have been rumours that a rogue group of Liberal legislators may force a vote of no confidence in Harrison, and by consequence, force him to dissolve the state Parliament. If these rumours are true and believable, then these federal results do not bode well for Harrison's chances at any state election, even if the state does trend more towards the right on the provincial level.

Dartmoor

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Dartmoor
25 seats
Total Votes Cast: 3,072,725

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,256,283 40.88 15 ▲3
Liberal Alliance 1,020,676 33.22 5 ▼2
Green 322,453 10.49 2 -0
Moderate 259,515 8.45 2 ▼1
Conservative 169,073 5.50 1 -0
Social Democratic 44,725 1.46 0 -0


Another state that trended red this election, the Dartmoor Labour Party actually underperformed compared to their federal counterparts — quite a bit of the underperformance in the first preference vote was put down to the Greens' surge of support in this state, which saw them reach 10% of the first preference vote and nab third from the Moderates. The Moderates performed badly here; losing Arran on a 2% swing to Labour. The Liberals lost the comparatively more rural seats of Wimbourne and Hampton, while the Conservatives' only seat of Maron saw a 6% swing against the incumbent MP, Frank Waters; however, the National Party candidate was unable to muster up enough preference votes to defeat Waters.

Westmond

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Westmond
20 seats
Total Votes Cast: 2,482,596

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,122,886 45.23 14 -0
Liberal Alliance 935,646 37.69 5 -0
Moderate 163,649 6.59 1 -0
Green 132,953 5.36 0 -0
Conservative 91,740 3.70 0 -0
Social Democratic 35,722 1.44 0 -0


One of the reddest states in Tumbra — a key state on the Liberals' path to a majority — stayed red, though the extent of the Liberals' campaign here did see them flip a seat from red to blue. The region of Strand saw the Liberals flip the seat of Keenan Toomes in Harper, and slashed the majority of Joanne Austin in neighbouring Reedon. Yet, a loss on the outskirts of Ridgewell, where Labour flipped Dunsford from blue to red, meant that the Liberals' gain was easily cancelled out.

The results in this state were notable for the high degree of first preference votes that went to the two biggest parties — while not as stratified as Severn, where only the two big parties won seats, only 18% of the first preference vote went to the minor parties. Anne Monteiro's heavy campaigning in this red-heavy state may have been a misstep for the Liberal campaign, but her party flipping one seat here proves that her efforts were at least somewhat justified.

Marcato

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Marcato
19 seats
Total Votes Cast: 2,348,084

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,008,775 42.96 13 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 830,410 35.37 5 ▼1
Green 322,453 8.73 1 -0
Moderate 259,515 8.20 0 ▼1
Conservative 169,073 4.01 0 -0
Social Democratic 17,252 0.73 0 -0


A disappointing performance here for the Moderates, as noted maverick James Anderson lost his seat in Sandleford on a 4% swing to Labour. The Greens also did extremely well in this state, taking advantage of the Moderates' fall to reach 10% in this state as well. Katie Evans in Betham increased her winning majority quite considerably, with a 5% swing in her favour; no doubt the Greens' performance all over the board was crucial to her increasing her popularity here.

The Liberals lost Jim Bailey in Newbury on a slight 3% swing; on average, while the Marcato Labour Party underperformed the federal Labour Party in terms of vote share, it still racked up over 60% of the seats on Election Night, something which was key to Labour's large majority.

Finnley

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Finnley
18 seats
Total Votes Cast: 2,236,125

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 1,000,575 44.75 12 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 733,115 32.79 4 ▼2
Moderate 265,171 11.86 2 -0
Green 150,947 6.75 0 -0
Conservative 70,005 3.13 0 -0
Social Democratic 16,312 0.73 0 -0


In the relatively urban state of Finnley, Labour made two gains in relatively urban areas; Greenwich in Nantwich fell on a 6% swing and Northwick in Algoma fell on a 3% swing. The Moderates did well to hold on to their two seats; largely in affluent university towns, the surge in the student vote might have saved the Moderates from falling to the tide of Labour support.

Turvenal

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Turvenal
18 seats
Total Votes Cast: 2,183,500

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 933,978 42.77 9 ▲2
Liberal Alliance 692,679 31.72 6 ▼1
Green 259,489 11.88 2 -0
Moderate 240,146 11.00 1 ▼1
Conservative 46,456 2.13 0 -0
Social Democratic 10,752 0.49 0 -0


Turvenal was perhaps emblematic of the shift in attitudes from Liberal to Labour, and from Labour to the Greens; perhaps indicative of a wider generational shift, but also largely of a failure of the Liberals to capitalise on the success of a relatively-successful state government. Labour gained Eggerton from the Liberals on a 4% swing — and Madison from the Moderates on a 3% swing. The Greens held both of their seats, increasing their margin of victory in Thorpenhead, a young, suburban seat; these seats perhaps emblematic of future openings for the Greens.

Gamaliel

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Gamaliel
16 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,963,171

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 818,170 41.68 11 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 722,235 36.79 4 ▼1
Moderate 239,531 12.20 1 -0
Green 108,381 5.52 0 -0
Conservative 62,452 3.18 0 -0
Social Democratic 12,402 0.63 0 -0


Ning Leigh in Sheridan lost her seat on a 2% swing in the only seat change in Gamaliel, as the relatively quiet contest in Gamaliel saw limited swings; the Moderates, however would achieve their fourth best finish in the state, yet only pick up one seat. Outgoing Moderate leader Hannah Slater later remarked that she would continue her push for proportional representation; a policy tack shared by her party, the Greens, and a section of the Labour Party. Under proportional representation, the Moderates and Greens would have achieved 58 and 46 seats respectively; a far cry from the 28 and 20 they achieved on Polling Day. Despite the Conservatives' opposition to the proposal, they would have gained as well; instead of the 17 seats they won, they would instead have 33 seats in Parliament.

Straton

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Straton
16 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,959,462

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 794,302 40.54 8 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 554,548 28.30 3 -0
Moderate 263,470 13.45 2 ▼1
Green 193,955 9.90 2 -0
Social Democratic 118,176 6.03 1 -0
Conservative 35,011 1.79 0 -0


Straton, that bastion of diversity in political opinions, once again proved its diversity in thought by delivering only 8 of its 16 seats to Labour. A strong performance for the SDP here — the best of the night — delivered them a slightly increased majority in Roncaster, while Labour wrested away control of Hoeven from the Moderates on a 5% swing. Despite the three Liberal seats all suffering strong swings against them — 3% in Roslyn and Griffin, and an eye-watering 7% in Loxley — they held on in an impressive result for the Liberals, some of whom were predicting a wipeout in the strongly-left trending urban area.
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Raleigh

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Raleigh
15 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,845,224

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 758,091 41.08 9 -0
Liberal Alliance 727,504 39.43 5 -0
Moderate 192,695 10.44 1 -0
Green 77,671 4.21 0 -0
Conservative 76,369 4.14 0 -0
Social Democratic 12,894 0.70 0 -0


No seat changes in Raleigh, with most only slight swings either way; the Liberals came within 30,000 votes of winning the state's popular vote but ultimately fell short, failing to flip a single seat from Labour. Labour, for what it was worth, had admitted on the campaign trail that it had left the campaigning in this state largely to the state party. Neil Kenwright, the political veteran of Raleigh, throwing his hat in might have stopped a swing away from the Liberals; but they will be frustrated that they failed to make inroads in the small state.

Alexandria

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Alexandria
15 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,840,369

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 714,160 38.81 6 -0
Liberal Alliance 702,189 38.15 5 ▼1
Moderate 156,226 8.49 1 -0
Green 144,204 7.84 2 ▲1
Conservative 109,105 5.93 1 -0
Social Democratic 14,485 0.79 0 -0


One of the biggest shocks of the night took place in Alexandria — noted climate change sceptic Paul Williams was unseated by 27 year-old activist Kirsten Browne. A 12% two-party preferred swing was required to unseat the veteran MP, who had run into trouble recently regarding expenses claims in the last Parliament and had survived a constituency party recall vote against him as late as February. The result was one of the biggest stories of the night, as Browne won the seat by just 251 votes; after coming back from a 15,000 vote deficit on preferences.

Caduke

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Caduke
13 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,604,989

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 714,160 44.91 9 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 613,768 38.24 4 ▼1
Moderate 114,013 7.10 0 -0
Green 98,181 6.12 0 -0
Conservative 45,399 2.83 0 -0
Social Democratic 12,899 0.90 0 -0


Caduke, a traditional blue state which fell hard to the Labour trend in 2017, continued that trend in 2021 as Labour flipped Shingleton from the Liberal column. Not many inroads were made by the other parties, which saw Caduke remain as one of the most bipolar states in the country. A 5% 2-party preferred swing got Labour over the line here; with a state election due in June, Premier George Lennon may fancy his chances in winning a second term.

Lormark

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Lormark
12 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,498,237

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 626,701 41.83 7 -0
Liberal Alliance 493,053 32.91 3 -0
Moderate 188,639 12.59 1 -0
Green 154,422 10.31 1 -0
Conservative 24,536 1.64 0 -0
Social Democratic 10,886 0.73 0 -0


Another state in which no seats changed hands, Lormark remained in the Labour column, delivering 7 of its 12 seats to Labour; despite this, concerted efforts to flip Lerwick, held by the Liberals, and Southport Central, held by the Greens, failed. Labour, however, came extremely close in Renfrew East, slicing Richard Denayer's slim 2% majority to just 0.6%. Denayer came from behind to win the seat on preferences, winning by just over a thousand votes.

Pesvern

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Pesvern
10 seats
Total Votes Cast: 1,232,343

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 410,691 33.33 5 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 507,924 41.22 4 ▼2
Conservative 156,139 12.67 1 ▲1
Moderate 88,428 7.18 0 -0
Green 63,548 5.16 0 -0
Social Democratic 5,613 0.46 0 -0


Sapphire blue Pesvern, long since regarded as the safest Liberal state in the country, threw up surprise after surprise on Election Night — firstly, with Shepperton East flipping from blue to red, a projection which led to most media networks immediately calling the election. While losing on the first preference counts, Moderate and Green preferences eventually got Labour over the line to secure its status as the largest party in the state for the first time since the 1969 elections — while the Liberals lost not just one, but two seats. The Conservatives picked up Kellsthorpe by 3,500 votes, after ending first preferences just 45 votes behind the Liberals. While the Liberals won the first preference vote count in the state, and by a large margin, there is a certain sense that Pesvern accurately summed up the Liberals' night — facing a fight on both the left and right, it went neither way and ended up conceding ground on both sides. With rumours of a new opposition force arising to contest August's state election, the state Liberal government — which has been in power since 1997 — has to be prepared for the fight of its electoral life.

Harren

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Harren
8 seats
Total Votes Cast: 974,768

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 404,027 41.45 6 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 381,591 39.15 2 ▼1
Moderate 79,221 8.13 0 -0
Green 65,744 6.74 0 -0
Conservative 31,060 3.19 0 -0
Social Democratic 13,125 1.35 0 -0


In the northeastern horn state of Harren, which has remained remarkably purple despite cities trending red in more recent years, Labour took six of the city-state's eight seats, despite electing a Liberal government just last year. The sole seat to flip was Prinope, which trended red on a 4% swing; but the Liberals came remarkably close in the Harren suburbs to flipping two of the state's seats, with Liberal candidates slashing majorities in those seats by 2% and 5% respectively. Ultimately, though, the Liberals once again came up short; but this will be a key battleground state on the route back to power for the next Liberal leader.

Bencoolen

2021 Tumbran House of Representatives Election in Bencoolen
6 seats
Total Votes Cast: 737,683

Political Party Votes % Seats Change
Labour 321,651 43.61 2 ▼1
Green 177,911 24.12 2 ▲1
Liberal Alliance 124,971 16.94 1 -0
Moderate 79,878 10.83 1 -0
Conservative 24,598 3.33 0 -0
Social Democratic 8,655 1.17 0 -0


The other big surprise of Election Night ended up being Bencoolen, where Labour actually lost a seat to the Greens. While maintaining a healthy lead over the other five parties, the Greens surged to second place, taking the inner-city seat of Bencoolen South from Labour. With a state election this year in which the Greens could possibly form the first non-Labour or Liberal state government in over forty years, this result could be a sign of things to come.
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Monteiro Resigns After Crushing Union Defeat

The embattled Liberal leader will resign after her successor is elected; the new leader will be elected on May 31. But where did it all go wrong?


When Anne Monteiro successfully challenged Geoffrey Osbourne for the leadership of the People’s Civic Union in 2018, her victory speech promised a tougher line on the Everett government, and that she would do her best to ensure that every action of Labour’s government would be closely scrutinised.

Three years later, in a harried speech delivered outside the headquarters of the People’s Civic Union, looking every bit worse for wear, she delivered her own resignation upon the election of a new leader for the Union, pending the election of her successor. She took no questions at the end of it and quickly retreated into the building afterwards.

“It is evident...that Tumbra has decided on who they want to lead them for the next four years, and overwhelmingly so. When I took over as leader of the Union three years ago, I promised to provide effective opposition and form an alternative government to return the Union to the halls of government at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, that is not to be,” her statement began at 10am, flanked by the other leaders of the Union, and her husband. “I will be leaving the position of Leader of the Liberal Party, pending the election of my successor.”'

The expected resignation comes after a night where the Alliance took a brutal beating from the Labour party, which romped home to victory with a new majority of 102. While pre-election polling had never been optimistic for the Union's chances, insiders say that the top brass never expected the scale of this loss.

For the Alliance, the highest profile loss of the night was John Harrison in Coville, suffering a 16% swing against him to give the Conservatives the seat by the thinnest of margins. "It's a reckoning," the 73 year-old veteran politician and former Cabinet Minister ruminated on TBC One. "Our base deserted us this election. We did absolutely nothing to stop the Conservatives encroaching on us. We offered absolutely nothing to the middle classes, absolutely nothing to the working classes. And they got us." Harrison had been planning on retiring from Parliament, but had been convinced to fight one last term. It marks his first electoral defeat in over 40 years in politics.

Other major losses for the Liberals include Shadow Urban Development Minister John Murray, who suffered a below-average swing against him - just 2% - but it was not enough to stop his seat going red, and Paul Williams in Alexandria, whose seat fell to the Greens in another big moment for the Liberals.

"Her position is now untenable," a former senior aide told The Couno Herald on Election Night. "Already I'm hearing that several senior Liberal politicians are ready to make a go for the post."

A press release from the Chairman of the Liberal Party, Joel Fitzooth, at about noon, outlined the timeline for the election - candidates will be presented to the Union caucus and be eliminated one by one until only two remain; the full Liberal membership will then vote on the last two candidates. The eliminations will begin on May 1, with a new leader expected to be declared on May 31.

Her statement - clear and straightforward - harks back to her campaigning style that helped yet hurt her so during the election campaign, especially when it failed to show up following the Linden controversy, where she took a long time to release a statement that did not sound genuine. It hurt her chances, and made her seem like an ineffectual leader - only amplified by her gender.

Monteiro is only the fourth woman to serve as Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition, and from the start she had to battle perceptions that she was a weak leader unable to control her Shadow Cabinet - and the infighting within it didn’t serve her cause well either. Dogged by multiple threats to resign from her Shadow Cabinet, Monteiro spent almost as much time trying to put out fires than going on the offensive against the left, and she ended up giving up ground to the Conservative Party, which gained several safe Liberal seats in Georgia and greatly ate into the margins of other members.

The united front put up by the Union once the election began didn’t help matters much - the damage had already been done. While Monteiro performed admirably at the three leaders’ debates, her campaign seemed lackluster, devoid of many new ideas, and banked on a reform of healthcare policy to open up the Health Service to private insurance, something which Labour endlessly attacked over the campaign.

A well known proponent of small government and free markets, Monteiro sought to promote herself as a saviour of the Tumbran federal government, which at times has been called hulking, inefficient and too powerful. But in the midst of a recession, where government aid helped mitigate most of the fallout from job losses, Monteiro’s message simply didn’t resonate with the electorate.

“In a year where most were expressing concern for the situation up north economically and then looking at the aid they were receiving,” says political analyst Jon Ornstein, “much of the vitriol that typically exists for the federal government evaporated, and many began to recognise the effect that government could have. Monteiro’s ‘shrink-the-bloated-government’ message might have worked in 2009, but not in today’s political climate.”

Speculation on who the next Liberal leader would be had started even before the writs dropped, as polls continued to bound in favour of Everett; when the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs Robin Stoff was not a prominent part of the campaign, speculation abounded that he was distancing himself from the campaign; similar rumours made the rounds for Peter Lindner, the former Senate Opposition Leader who ran (and was later elected to) for a seat in Iswilyn.

The common consensus is that the MP for Yarwood, Stephen Johnson, will run, alongside Lindner, Stoff and Shadow Minister for Law and Justice Nicholas Cooper. Before the polls, the Shadow Minister for Urban Development John Murray was highly-tipped for the leadership; unfortunately, he lost his seat and is ineligible to run for election. Of the four, Johnson is the only one unassociated with the Monteiro Shadow Cabinet; he only served as a Minister of State in the Hayes cabinet, but was widely tipped for a promotion if they won the 2017 election. TBC understands that Peter Lindner, who served as Senate Opposition Leader, is the current frontrunner. The Liberal Party offered no comment.

"Lindner is relatively untainted by this election," said political strategist Kelly Oates on TNN. "He did serve as Senate Opposition Leader, but wasn't actually a prominent part of this campaign, and is a relatively known quantity renowned for his fair-handedness and social liberalism," she added, "and that might entice voters back to the party."

The Coalition attracted flak during the campaign for a campaign derided as "nasty", with the race in Linden, Ham. drawing the national attention during the last weeks of the campaign. Incumbent Labour MP and first-term MP, Mohamad Khalid, had been the target of reportedly racist ads circulated by his National opponent, John Rhys-Donaldson. Mr. Rhys-Donaldson did win his seat - one of the few Liberal gains this election - but the attention garnered there hung a cloud over the last few weeks of the campaign. While all the other parties swiftly denounced the advert, the Liberal reaction was much slower, and much more muted. Monteiro did not make a statement on the event until 72 hours after the news broke, and the National Party only said he would be disciplined according to internal party rules, leading to greater criticism of Monteiro and the Liberals that proved difficult to shake off.

"It did hurt us, yes. Middle Tumbra, I think, was turned off by that and that eventually hurt us when it came down to preferences," Stephen Williams, MP for Yarwood, reflected. Mr. Williams, a vocal opponent of Ms. Monteiro, is also widely expected to stand for the leadership, if one occurs.

As the Union grapples with its path forward, the glaring awareness that this election loss may see them out of power for the next generation has begun to dawn. For them, however, the struggles have only just started.

Announcements are expected to be made after the first session of the new Parliament, which will meet on April 16; nominations close on April 27. The month-long campaign is expected to reveal just how fractured the Liberal Party is, and the long road forward, with the party expected to be out of power until at least 2030.
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Snubbed by Everett, McKay Disclaims Election and Looks Inward

The current Local Government Minister looks set to not take up his seat in a bid to re-enter Bechor politics, with a view to replacing David Ross before 2022.


The soon-to-be former Minister for Local Government, John McKay, 57, today disclaimed his election as the MP for Keppel, Bechor and announced he would not take up his seat in the new Parliament. The move is understood to be made both in response to him being left out of the new Cabinet and in preparation to stand for any by-election in the Bechor State Parliament which would open the path to him becoming Premier later in the year.

In a brief appearance, McKay declined to comment on the above explanation, with the reason he gave being that he “wished to spend more time with family, and to re-evaluate my future in politics.” A well-placed source indicated he is planning to swap seats with current State MP Ron Astley, meaning he would contest Astley’s seat in the resulting Hornchurch by-election, and Astley would take McKay’s place in Keppel.

Speculation regarding his move back to Bechor politics intensified after he reportedly walked out of a discussion with the Prime Minister during the election campaign, and barely figured on the campaign trail especially after the writs were dropped in February. Mr. McKay held his seat with a 2% swing towards him in the election three days ago.

Incumbent Premier David Ross, 72, is widely expected to step down in August or September, ending an eleven-year run at the top job in Bechor politics. His succession was widely delayed, by his own admission, that he personally did not see any viable successor for his position that would deliver a fourth term for his Labour administration. McKay, as a widely popular legislator in Bechor, would change that and allow Ross the opportunity to step down.

McKay himself served as a Bechor state MP from 1998 until 2013, serving as the Bechor Minister for Social Affairs in Ross’ first Cabinet until he stepped down to run for Parliament in that year’s election.

The move comes as somewhat a blow to Kenneth Everett merely three days after winning his second term, and could potentially expose cracks in party unity. Neither Labour, the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Cabinet Office provided any comment.
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