This year has been great for Jeremy Corbyn, but who has been damaged over the year?
1. Nicola Sturgeon
Sturgeon’s position as first minister of Scotland remains secure, but 2017 has been deeply damaging for her. She was forced to back down over her plans for a second independence referendum, and her party suffered a humiliating set-back at the general election. Yes, the SNP won the most seats, but there was a unionist vote share majority, her party won less than 40% of the vote and won just 35 seats – down from 56 just two years previously.
Her position is secure for now, but it is looking less and less likely that she will deliver independence.
2. Theresa May
2017 was meant to be Theresa May’s year. She was meant to romp home with large majority and crush Labour all in one swift action. But the success of Corbyn, Labour’s manifesto, the dementia tax U-turn, the un-costed manifesto and her lack of appearance in the TV debates compounded to result in a humiliating outcome at the election. Had May not gone to the polls, she would have had another two and a half years with a stable majority.
3. Alex Salmond
After stepping down from the Office of First Minister, Salmond won the Westminster seat of Gordon from the Liberal Democrats at the 2015 election, entering parliament as one of the 56. Two years later, Salmond was knocked from his perch in the Tory surge in the North East, resulting in a humiliating defeat for the former first minister.
But is Salmond’s political career over? I doubt it.