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Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in British election, exit polls show

Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in British election, exit polls show”

The election results are being perceived as a blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the snap election, expecting a comfortable win for her Conservative Party.

The Conservatives' losses were largely gains for the Labor opposition, which defied polls and predictions to gain 29 seats - a vindication for leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose grip on the party appears to have strengthened.

At the time, the PM denied she was taking advantage of Labour's weak standing in the polls and instead claimed she was seeking a larger mandate from the country in order enter Brexit negotiations with a strong hand.

Reliance on Northern Ireland's DUP, the Democratic Unionist Party, gives Ms May a pathetic two-seat majority. She claims that this government will get the country through the Brexit talks and will lead Britain forward.

The figure represents a drop on her current 330 and would put her short of the majority needed to guarantee the chance to form a government. The Conservative manifesto aims to balance the United Kingdom budget by the middle of the next decade, later than previously planned, although detailed tax and spending proposals were broadly consistent with March's budget.

May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage.

But Tory voters thought their party would do a better job of negotiating Brexit and believed Theresa May would be the best Prime Minister.

When that election will take place is an open question. European officials are anxious that the weaker position of the Conservatives make a breakdown in negotiations more likely. The Conservative leader is now looking to form a government with the help of one of the other parties.

Her opponents also took issue with her refusal to take part in a televised debate with other party leaders.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.

"I don't have any anger because I don't think there's any point in being angry at anybody", he told Sky News.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

Opposition party leaders were also quick to call for her resignation, including the Liberal Demo- crats' Tim Farron, who said: "We will now have a government that is weaker and less stable at a time when we are about to embark on the most hard and complex negotiations in our history".



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