Laura Kuenssberg took Liberal Democrat Layla Moran to task on BBC Politics Live for “complaining” about the British electoral system. The MP blamed first-past-the-post as the reason for her party’s demise, even though they secured more votes than they did in 2017. Former Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson lost her seat to the SNP causing her party’s numbers to drop down to 11.
Ms Kuenssberg said: “At the end of the day, everybody is playing on the same field.
“You can complain or discuss whether the field is designed in exactly the right way.
“But all the political parties are playing on the same territory.
“It is going to be, in the next few months and years, really interesting to see whether the opposition parties do manage to get themselves together in any way, shape or form.”
She continued: “Both individuals, how long is it going to take to get themselves together?
“Your leadership contest sounds like it might not even happen until May or June.
“We’re not going to find out the new Labour leader until April.
“If you remember back, one of the features of the last Parliament, it was so dramatic and full of adrenaline.”
The BBC journalist added: “It sometimes felt like they were having a collective nervous breakdown.
“One of the real features of it was a huge amount of cross party cooperation, including some Tories who then became former Tories.
“But along the lines of the kind of Brexit cleave right down the middle.”
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Ms Kuenssberg continued: “Will this Parliament see anything like that?
“Because frankly it’s the only way, with a majority of that scale that any of the opposition parties are going to have an impact.”
Ms Swinson resigned from her leadership role following the election defeat.
Ed Davey and Mark Pack are acting as interim leaders for the moment.
It is not known when the Lib Dem leadership contest will kick off.
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