UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June


Repeating the hubristic decision of her predecessor David Cameron, UK prime minister Theresa May is now facing the brunt of her whim to hold a "snap general election", in the fallout of the 2016 Brexit and to ensure a "strong and stable" government.

Her failure to win a majority leaves her position as Conservative leader in question - raising the prospect of another election later in the year.

Corbyn's allies put his performance down to his bold policy platform, which was more left wing than any Labour Party offering in decades and included policies like rail nationalization that are popular with the public but considered unworkable by the political elite. The party did reclaim some seats in Scotland too, snatching them back from the SNP, and won back Sir Vince Cable's seat in Twickenham. Labour had won 258 seats.

"At this time more than anything else this country needs a period of stability", she said, her voice cracking. However, her Conservative Party lost its majority in the British Parliament, and leaders are calling on her to resign.

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

Former Conservative minister Anna Soubry, who just held onto her seat, said May was "in a very hard place" following a "dreadful campaign". "We know when they must end", said Mr. Tusk.

Instead, she risked an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for nearly a century.

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But in United Kingdom elections this result does not automatically trigger another election.

It also calls into question her longevity as leader of the party. These are due to start on June 19 but now risk being delayed - narrowing the window of time available to clinch a deal before a March 2019 deadline. May could still continue as Prime Minister, but significant damage has been done.

After falling sharply on an exit poll released when polls closed at 9pm GMT, which indicated Britain was set for a hung parliament, the pound had steadied a little in Asian trading.

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Despite campaigning against Brexit, Labour has accepted the result but promised to avoid a "hard Brexit", focusing on maintaining economic ties with the bloc.

Many of the Labour MPs who now come to Westminster had contempt for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership qualities and his manifesto.

The result is being billed as one of the biggest political upsets in the country's history, with the Labour Party defying expectations and projected to gain 265 seats in Parliament.

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Depending on the number of Tory MPs, Mrs May might be able to pass this crucial figure with the support of Northern Irish unionist parties or might need to look further afield to possible arrangements with other parties like the Liberal Democrats.

Pundits predicted she would win a huge majority, somewhere in the region of 50 to 100 seats. Lib-Dems have got seven per cent of the vote share, however. Their former leader, Nick Clegg, who was deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, lost his seat. But former business minister Vince Cable won his back, and party leader Tim Farron held on.

In domestic policy, Labour proposes raising taxes for the richest 5 percent of Britons, scrapping university tuition fees, investing 250 billion pounds ($315 billion) in infrastructure plans and re-nationalizing the railways and postal service.

But, remarkably, Corbyn's anti-establishment positioning seems to have attracted protest voters from unexpected places. He ruled out the potential for deals or pacts with other progressive parties in Parliament.

"UKIP voters wanted Brexit but they also want change", Farage said.

"They are fundamentally anti-establishment in their attitudes and the vicar's daughter (May) is very pro-establishment".

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