British PM May Could Lose Majority in Upcoming Election, Projection Shows

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2017

After a dramatic tightening in the polls ahead of next week's general election in the United Kingdom, and a series of nervous performances by Prime Minister Theresa May, the opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, spent much of the day mocking his rival for refusing to even attend a televised debate on Wednesday night.

The Labour leader will seek to build on encouraging signs in the polls as he seeks to steer the campaign away from Brexit and on to public services.

But the Labour leader stressed his party's approach to Brexit talks would prove a success as unlike Mrs May he is not "threatening" the European Union.

Mishal Husain will moderate the debate, which takes place in Cambridge and will be shown on BBC One from 19:30-21:00 BST and livestreamed on Twitter.

Aides confirmed Mr Corbyn would be taking part in the seven-way TV broadcast.

The Labour leader will join the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, and the SNP's leader at Westminster, in the BBC Election Debate.

Corbyn has now cancelled planned appearances at stump events in Swindon and Stroud, and a rally in Bristol.

She added: "It's as though he thinks it's some sort of game - a game of Monopoly perhaps where you ask the banker for the red money to pay electrics, the green money to buy the railways and the yellow money to buy the gasworks", she said. In addition, 650,000 school children will be "crammed" into primary school classes larger than 30 pupils and families will be nearly £450 worse off per child as a result of Tory plans to scrap free school meals for 1.7 million children.

"The futures of our NHS and schools are at stake in this election", Mr Corbyn will claim.

Brooks notes that a lot of support for Labour has come from younger people who tend not to vote, so who knows what will happen on June 8th.

"That's what I'm doing to make sure we get the best possible deal for Britain".

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said: "Made-up numbers from Corbyn can not hide the fact he's not up to the job of getting the deal we need".

If Labour can tie with the Tories on 40 per cent - a level of support the party has only reached twice since 1970 - Corbyn might just be able to cobble together a bare majority in the lower house.

The YouGov prediction would leave Mrs May with 310 MPs - 20 fewer than at the time of dissolution of the last Parliament - while Labour are set to surge from 229 to 257 MPs on June 8 election, a gain of 28 seats in the Commons.

According to seat-by-seat analysis based on 50,000 interviews over the course of a week, the Tories would be down 20 seats and Labour would gain almost 30.

While the Tories would still be the largest party, with around 75 seats more than Labour, May would be just short of a majority in the Commons.

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