Conservatives lose ruling majority in snap UK election

Prime Minister Theresa May under pressure to resign after drop in support

Conservatives lose ruling majority in snap UK election

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Theresa May faced calls to resign on Friday morning after her Conservative Party failed to keep its parliamentary majority and her gamble to call a snap general election failed to pay off.

The premier had hoped to secure a convincing leadership mandate before Brexit negotiations with the EU, scheduled to begin on June 19.

With most of the U.K.’s 650 Westminster seats filled by early Friday morning, May’s Conservatives had fallen short of the number needed for a ruling majority.

“At this time, more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability,” a visibly shaken May said at the election count in her Maidenhead constituency in southern England.

Failing to offer any clues to her future, she said if her party won the most seats “it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do”.

However, main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said May's attempt to win a bigger mandate had backfired and called on her to resign.

“The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence,” Corbyn told supporters in his Islington North constituency in north London, which he retained with more than 40,000 votes.

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

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2017, 08:58
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