United Kingdom election: Theresa May could lose parliamentary majority, exit poll shows

Jerome Frank
June 15, 2017

The socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party's 10 seats give the right-wing Conservatives a fragile but workable majority, which May said would allow her to negotiate a successful exit from the EU. "It has to be said, young voters under 30 who disproportionately like the policies of Jeremy Corbyn were expected to turn out in quite low numbers and they turned out in droves yesterday and that really has pushed the agenda more in Jeremy Corbyn's favour and away from the conservatives who really tapped into an older constituency in recent elections", says French.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned on Saturday after taking responsibility for the poll debacle for the Conservative Party which lost its majority in the House of Commons. The DUP said it would engage with May, an indication that no deal had yet been done, though May had sought Queen Elizabeth's permission to form government. The prime minister said she meant to form a government with the Democratic Unionists to form a government that would "provide certainty" and "lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", according to the BBC.

Michael Geary, a fellow at the Wilson Center think tank, said: "The Conservatives will remain the biggest party and will mostly likely govern alone albeit with DUP support from the backbenches".

Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, May said her Conservatives and the DUP will work together to "fulfill the promise of Brexit".

Meanwhile in Scotland, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson Friday called on Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) to scrap her call for a second independence referendum.

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. Anna Soubry, a Conservative MP, said May would have to consider her position.

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Labour's Paul Williams took the seat from under James Wharton with just 888 seats, amounting to a Labour increase of 11.5% compared with the 2015 general election.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

Left-wing politician and 2016 Democratic presidential primary contender Bernie Sanders is praising the large gains Britain's Labour Party made in the United Kingdom elections under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

Her party colleagues are furious at the losses chalked up, blaming Mrs May for calling an unnecessary election three years ahead of time, for running a disastrous campaign centred on her and her "strong and stable leadership", and for an unpopular manifesto that was designed by her inner circle. She had hoped to boost the Conservatives' majority in Parliament and get a stronger mandate in negotiating the Brexit from the European Union.

"And as I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward". "She's then got to present a programme to parliament", he said. They will want their goodies from May's government.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put (the Good Friday Agreement) at risk". "I wouldn't necessarily say it's at the top".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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