May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

Cheryl Sanders
June 9, 2017

Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, accompanied by her husband Philip, leaves after delivering a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017 as results from a snap general election show the Conservatives have lost their majority.

John Curtice, who oversees the exit poll for a consortium of broadcasters, said Friday that the Conservatives' final tally might be a bit higher than 314, but it was extremely unlikely they would get a majority.

Mrs May, the second female Prime Minister, has faced calls to resign today after the snap election has not been a success for her.

May's calculated gamble has, however, spectacularly backfired: the small majority bequeathed to her by David Cameron wiped out with the Conservatives now fighting to remain in power.

European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the European Union is prepared to stick to the timetable that calls for negotiations to start in mid-June, but said it would take a few hours at least to see how the results of the election play out in forming a government. With around 318 seats, Ms May - unless she resigns - could expect to have a Commons majority with the support of 10 Democratic Unionist MPs.

The election was called by May in April, a U-turn after she said no general would be held until 2020 - general elections are held in the United Kingdom every five years. Since then, May suffered embarrassing criticism and even u-turns over her party's electoral manifesto and the conduct of the campaign itself. "The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

The Labour leader said the party would serve the country because it is "what they fought the election for", and mocked Theresa May for her pledges for a "strong and stable" leadership.

High-profile casualties of a night of shock defeats included Liberal Democrat former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond in Banff & Buchan and the SNP's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson in Moray.

Corbyn said the result means "politics has changed" and voters have rejected Conservative austerity.

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country".

"I hope she realises today, very quickly, that she can not continue", said Mr McDonnell.

Unlike in Israel, the focus on security sparked by the two deadly terrorist attacks the country has suffered in the past two weeks did not aid the political right.

Eight people were killed near London Bridge on Saturday when three men drove a van into pedestrians and then stabbed revelers in an area filled with bars and restaurants.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Manchester on May 22, killing 22 people.

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