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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

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Monday, 21 November 2011 01:00

At 01.00 hours today, with 99.94% of the votes counted in the Spanish General Election it was clear that the conservative Partido Popular had delivered a crushing defeat to the socialist PSOE, as predicted by the opinion polls. The new prime minister of Spain is 56-year-old Mariano Rajoy, who wins at the third attempt, having failed in 2004 and 2008.

The PP won a total of 186 seats out of the 350 in the Congreso – the Lower House - and the PSOE 110, with the remaining seats shared between other parties.

In the Senado, or Upper House, it was even worse for the socialists with the PP winning 136 out of the 208 seats and the PSOE just 48.

Of the 52 Spanish provinces only two are now governed by PSOE, Sevilla and Barcelona. The three other Catalán provinces were won by the Catalán Convergència i Unió (CiU) and two of the four Basque provinces by the Partido Nacional Vasco (PNV). The remainder are under PP control, turning the map of Spain blue!

© Paul Whitelock


See also:

Spain election: People's party sweeps to crushing victory over Socialists by Giles Tremlett, the Guardian

Spain election: Conservatives win landslide victory but new PM warns 'there will be no miracles' by Fiona Govan, Daily Telegraph

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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