Sanders 'Delighted' by Corbyn's Success in UK Election
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:16
Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party will fail to win a parliamentary majority in Britain's election, according to an exit poll on Thursday, a result that would plunge domestic politics into turmoil and could delay Brexit talks.
May now risks more opposition to her Brexit plans from inside and outside her party, though a party source said leading the Conservatives was seen as too much of a poisoned chalice for her to face an immediate challenge.
The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.
The shock result thrust Northern Ireland's centre-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) into the role of kingmaker, with its 10 seats enough to give the Conservatives a fragile but workable partnership. Already, the wolves are baying for May's blood and her survival looks doubtful, though she firmly insists she's not moving from 10 Downing Street.
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.
The Conservatives held 330 seats in the last Parliament, compared with 220 for Labour, 54 for the Scottish National Party and nine for the Liberal Democrats. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262.
Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign. She argued that increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament would strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks. Britons were asked whether they wanted to stay or leave in the European Union.
She is expected to give a speech at around 5 a.m. today Manila time.
Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among core voters. "May sought a mandate".
Instead of opting for a post-election shuffle, the Prime Minister retained key figures in her cabinet.
"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. "Let's get on with the job", he tweeted.
The early election was meant to strengthen the British Conservative Party's hand in the lead-up to Brexit negotiations, but it has backfired spectacularly. He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".
But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.
That's odd, because surely one of the most noteworthy aspects of the election was the surprisingly strong showing of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, one of May's closest allies, barely held onto her seat of Hastings and Rye, after a recount put her just over 300 votes ahead of the Labour candidate. The Times' front page said: "May stares into the abyss".