Former Corbyn leadership challenger Owen Smith has returned to Labour's front bench

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Since then the pound has been unsteady, hate crime has increased and despite Theresa May repeatedly reeling out the slogan 'Brexit means Brexit, ' there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding what exactly Brexit itself means, and what the ramifications of leaving the European Union actually means for the country.

In September 2016 she stated: "I won't call a snap election" because, she said, the country needed stability, but then called a snap election anyway.

May called the election in a bid to increase her majority and strengthen her hand within her party ahead of the Brexit talks.

Benjamin Cronin (Content Editor Pinnacle): Regardless of your political disposition, both Theresa May and the Conservative party she leads (if in name only) are in a hard position ahead of the impending Brexit negotiations with the European Union. He went on to win two more terms. Unless it does so, the possibility of another general election within months remains.

The class basis of voting shifted, with the Conservatives doing better in working class northern English seats, and Labour-the traditional party of the working class-doing well in middle class, urban seats. Everyone outside a particular metro-politan multi-ethnic bubble reported a hatred of Jeremy Corbyn on the doorstep; hatred of an intensity none of them had seen before.

The veteran Labour and pro-Israel activist Luke Akehurst wrote in 2015 that the main question for people like him was: "How much damage can be done to the party's policy on the issue before Corbyn's anticipated lack of electoral resonance with middle England ends his leadership?" But that's exactly what he did.

Normally after an election, the leader of the party that came second comes to the first meeting of their parliamentary party and promises an inquiry into what went wrong. In a statement before the final result, he said his party has "changed the face of British politics, ' a notion many agree with". Two years later, Corbyn isn't on his way out, but stronger than ever in his party. Analysis of last week's 2017 vote shows this political class divide no longer appears to be a major factor - the Conservatives and Labour had a relatively even split between all social classes.

Third, many voters expect their politicians to stand for something beyond empty slogans. And partly because of the successful election campaign and the way the manifesto has been received. Many in my experience are happy to hear that Labour has returned to its true values: sticking up for the ordinary person against the elites. This is a Government on notice from the voters. This is anything but 'Strong and Stable' government promised ad nauseam by Theresa May during the election campaign. The doorstep is sacred ground in politics, yet even experienced campaigners were utterly misled by the conversations that took place on it. The sharp decline of the Scottish Nationalists - they lost more than a third of their seats - further signaled a return to an earlier political era.

Mr Wooley said: "It seems many more felt positively towards Corbyn, for the following reasons - he made a very big deal about racial equality, and more people are afraid of the worst aspects of Brexit".