British PM Theresa May's top aides resign following disastrous election results
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 2:55
Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament. But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, who are likely to have mopped up the votes between them, would have outnumbered the Tories and are likely to have defeated the PM in a Queen's Speech vote, paving the way for a coalition led by Mr Corbyn. "The arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost, and we need to change", he said, adding that Ms.
Asked if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term". The Conservatives sought, as they have done this time, a "who governs Britain?" mandate.
Former Finance Minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May, told ITV News: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".
Confident of a sweeping victory, Mrs May had called the snap election to strengthen her hand in the European Union divorce talks.
The objective of calling elections, having assured that there would be no election before the schedule one in 2020, after she took over as the party leader previous year, Theresa May had hoped to strengthen her party's grip on power to be able to successfully negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.
Katie Perrior, who quit as May's communications chief in April, said Timothy and Hill were "great street fighters but poor political leaders" and exercised too much power over the prime minister. The Conservatives did manage to increase their share of the vote to 42.4 per cent, as did Labour, which received 40 per cent. His pitch on Brexit as well as his call to tax the rich, provide free university tuition for students and nationalize key services such as railways resonated across the country, particularly with younger people. The Labour Party gained 32 seats, jumping from 229 to 261, setting back May and the Conservative Party.
Corbyn allies attacked the Labour MP on Twitter for "already having the knives out for Corbyn and undermining the party". "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".
The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.
Theresa May, British prime minister and Conservative Party leader, delivers a statement in London today after Conservatives lost their majority in a snap general election.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".
She now risks more opposition to her Brexit plans from inside and outside her party.
The government does not have long to ink a deal.
With no clear victor likely to emerge from Thursday's vote, May vowed to provide stability, while Corbyn said she should step down.