Election Day started bright and early for us, getting some morning coffee with Stewart Wood, Lord of Anfield. We had a great discussion about Stewart’s roll in the UK’s monetary policy earlier in his career, life in the House of Lords, and what Brexit could look like after the election.
We then traveled over to the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square to meet with Jessup Taylor, a Political Officer. Jessup gave us an inside look into how the United States maintains its 'special relationship' with the United Kingdom, what life is like working in an embassy, and about his work representing the United States in the fight against discrimination and human trafficking abroad. After our meeting at the embassy, we took a stroll over to the Golden Hind, a small restaurant in Marylebone, and had the best fish & chips in London.
After lunch we went over to the Somerset House to meet with Tom Clarkson and Julia Ridpath of Britain Thinks. We discussed public opinion polling in the General Election and we learned about quantitative and qualitative methods that are used to gauge public attitudes.
Later in the evening, we stopped by a local restaurant to have some dinner and wait for the election results to roll in. At exactly 10pm, the exit poll results were released, which surprisingly projected no-majority for any party in government, a result that shocked experts all around the U.K. Energized by the election results, we took to the streets to track down some voters and get their perspective. Voters discussed how they felt about the results, how the government will be built, and what it means for national issues moving forward.