London, UK (TFC); British anti-austerity group The People’s Assembly are preparing for immediate protests all over the UK including outside 10 Downing Street as British voters await the results of the General election. According to the group, the Tories and their supporters in the press are preparing a post election plan to stay in office in what could prove to be a ‘constitutional coup’ against the wishes of the electorate.
As the UK sinks under the most severe austerity since the Second World War, public tensions are rising on the eve of the election result. With an election set to be the most uncertain in a generation, polls are suggesting that no single party will win an outright majority, and groups across the UK are already planning mass demonstrations.
When a UK general election results in no single political party winning an overall majority, a situation of no overall control results in a ‘hung Parliament’. In these circumstances, the previous government might remain in position during a period of negotiation to build a coalition, or they might decide to try and govern with a minority of Members of Parliament. The incumbent PM can see if he or she can command the confidence of the House, but if it is clear they can’t and there is a definitive alternative, then they are expected to go. If it looks likely that they can’t form a majority, but it is not clear anyone else could either, then the incumbent can stay on and test that in a vote.
Sam Fairbarn, Spokesperson for The People’s Assembly, said attempts by Cameron to remain prime minister would be “an all-out attack on the democratic process.” He added: “We’ll be there in force on Saturday and we’ll occupy Downing Street ourselves if Cameron attempts to do this. I expect many people to be incredibly angry at the situation.”