UK leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

UK leader May seen fighting for survival after election failureā€

The Conservatives finished the election with 318 seats, eight short of the 326 needed for a majority, and the party is now dependent on the 10 DUP MPs to ensure legislation can be passed through a hostile House of Commons. Theresa May is a woman who is not averse to flying by the seat of her expensive leather trousers.

The website that ran the poll described the results as 'astonishing'.

"The success of the Labour Party winning more seats than expected was because they tapped into anxiety over public spending cuts since 2010, anxiety over the state of National Health Service, and also concerns with youth voters over the amount of student debt and access to United Kingdom housing - two big issues".

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives losing their overall majority in Parliament.

"This election is a rejection of May and hard Brexit", tweeted Alastair Campbell, a onetime adviser to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair. She's now attempting to form a government. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign.

If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain's European Union membership which 52 per cent of the British public demanded past year, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party because she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure.

"The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge", Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster told reporters. "And our leader needs to take stock as well".

Others predicted she would soon be gone.

Prime Minister Theresa May dispatched her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, to Belfast on Saturday to hold talks with the DUP, which has faced criticism for its conservative views on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

German politician and European Union executive member Guenther Oettinger said, however, that a weak British leader increased the risk negotiations would turn out badly.

Conservative Party insiders are also wondering how long Mrs May will last.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. But few believe she can hang on for more than a few months. As the polls suggested a tightening race, pollsters spoke less often of a landslide and raised the possibility that May's majority would be eroded.

Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two terror attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues.

After reports came out that President Donald Trump postponed his visit to Britain out of fear of large-scale protests Corbyn expressed on Twitter that he was happy to hear the news.

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