United Kingdom election: Hung Parliament as PM fails to gain majority

Mr Crowther said: "Though she is personally damaged as our negotiator, the suggestion that Mrs May's dismal electoral performance relieves the Government of the need to achieve full Brexit is absolutely unacceptable".

After visiting Buckingham Palace to seek permission from the Queen to form a government, Mrs May said that the arrangement would "provide certainty".

This is the first time since the 1990s that Britain has a minority government, in which the governing party can not get measures though Parliament without outside support.

May is now expected to form a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a Northern Irish party with 10 members of Parliament, which is dedicated to keeping Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.

Rather than resign, May quickly grabbed the lifeline of an undefined alliance with the DUP, which won 10 seats. And the DUP wants to stay in the customs union to avoid a hard Border, although the party takes a hard line on ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

The Conservatives and the DUP are set to agree a written "programme for government", as the party's two most senior Westminster leaders fly to London to hammer out a deal.

May earned a reputation as a dogged minister when leading the interior ministry under David Cameron, but never gained acceptance among the prime minister's cosmopolitan inner circle. When voters stunned him and Europe by voting to leave, he resigned, leaving May to deal with the mess.

Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations. He's a professor of political science at Cardiff University in Wales.

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe and ex-Business Minister, said: "She is in a hard place".

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

In the Conservative Party, recriminations were immediate and stinging.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

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". But few believe she can hang on for more than a few months. Thats what people voted for last June.

"The young have a bad deal", said Ben Page, chief executive of pollster Ipsos MORI. And that means they have to remain neutral.

The shock United Kingdom election result thrust the DUP into the role of kingmaker, with its 10 seats giving Mrs May a fragile but workable partnership.

Foster, who narrowly avoided being killed by an IRA bomb as a teenager in 1988, has described Jeremy Corbyn as "beyond the pale". While he was demonized by conservative newspapers, on Facebook Corbyn was trending.

A further problem can be found in the way this election has reshaped the political map of England, with constituencies in the north that backed Brexit a year ago leaning to the Conservatives, while those in the south that backed Remain saw a swing to Labour and the loss of Tory seats.

Like Cameron, who called the European Union referendum in the mistaken confidence that he would win the vote to stay in the bloc, she now risks being remembered for hubris.

She was the hard-working vicar's daughter who eschewed gossip and focused on "getting the job done", with her flamboyant shoes the only sign of rebellion. I am very proud of the results that are coming in and the vote for hope.

  • Leroy Wright