Theresa May’s Conservative party loses majority in British parliament
Friday, 09 June 2017
Early results of the general elections in United Kingdom yesterday show that the Conservative Party will lose its small majority in the House of Commons. The Labour party gained 30 seats or more after an effective election campaign by its leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn called on May to resign: “Politics has changed. Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics.”
May put on a brave face after having lost her gamble of announcing the snap election in April and could only say, “The country needs more stability than ever”.
When she decided to call the election, the Conservatives were leading in the polls with about 20 percentage points. That lead however evaporated as the Election Day drew nearer.
The terror attacks in Manchester and London Bridge did not benefit May’s government but raised instead awkward questions about May’s time as Home Secretary, when she was responsible for counter-terrorism measures.
The United Kingdom is now entering a confusing period with talks on a new government and Brexit negotiations starting with the European Union soon. Theresa May did not get the mandate that she had hoped for to ensure stability and leadership in the Brexit negotiations.