May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

But north of the border the Tories performed strongly under the leadership of Ruth Davidson, winning 12 new seats as the Scottish National Party lost ground.

"As we're the party that won the most seats and most votes we are the only party in a position to form a government", Ms May said.

United Kingdom polls today opened with about 46 million eligible voters expected to cast their ballot to choose between Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn under the looming shadow of the two deadly terror attacks that recently rocked the country.

Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street with her husband on the way to Buckingham Palace after Britain's election in London, Britain June 9, 2017. 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.

Sterling plunged against the dollar and the euro as the election result created even more uncertainty over the whole Brexit process.

The setback dashes May's hopes to strengthen her hand in the upcoming "Brexit" negotiations with the E.U. Brexit Secretary David Davis suggesting to Sky News that the lost majority could amount to the Tories losing their mandate for a "hard Brexit"- where the country would leave both the EU's single market and its customs union.

Corbyn, 68, may not have dislodged May in the polls but the Labour Party's strong showing prompted him to demand her resignation, saying she "lost votes, lost support and lost confidence" of the people.

UKIP's Tom Commis said he was disappointed the party did not put up more of a showing especially considering they had won their first County Hall seat in the borough just a few weeks earlier.

Jeremy Corbyn was pictured joining a children's football training session in Islington as one of his MPs said Labour missed an "open goal" to beat Theresa May and the Tories in the General Election.

Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election earlier this year with expectations of boosting the Conservative's majority government but her party failed to secure the 326 seats needed to form another majority government.

The Conservatives recorded their best result in Burnley for 25 years as Paul White finished second to Labour.


May, who went into the election with a reputation for quiet competence, was criticized for a lackluster campaigning style and for a plan to force elderly people to pay more for their care, a proposal her opponents dubbed the "dementia tax".

The results confounded those who said the opposition Labour Party's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic.

"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 argued that increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament would strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal".

A string of Conservative ministers lost their seats in a dramatic night. "I wouldn't necessarily say it's at the top".

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