May 'sorry' for election result which cost Tory MPs their seats
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 8:52
Without a majority, May made a decision to strike a deal with the ultra-conservative Northern Irish Democratic Union Party to not give up power.
The prime minister, who has faced calls to step down, told ITV News she would "reflect on the results and what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".
"The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate and the mandate is that she has lost seats", he said after his win from his seat at Islington North in north London. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.
"As we're the party that won the most seats and most votes we are the only party in a position to form a government", Ms May said.
Mrs. May faces strong criticism within her own party for her weak performance during the election campaign and for unwisely exercising her prerogative by calling for the election this year, after only two years of a five-year parliament.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking after being re-elected in Islington North, said it was time for Mrs May to "make way" for a government that would be "truly representative of the people of this country".
May, who is the second female Prime Minister for the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher, didn't win elections in 2016. Negotiations with European officials had been set to begin on June 19. "She's then got to present a programme to parliament", he said.
Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper talks would be complicated by May's formation of a minority government. "I would have thought that's enough to go." - main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed plans to hold talks with the Conservatives to discuss a way "to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".
May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for". A stronger majority would have given May more ability to resist "hardline pro-Brexit factions in her party" and would have let her offer better terms to the EU. Whether she remains in the driving seat or not will be determined over the next few days, but she will lead a severely weakened Conservative government after an unnecessary election gone bad - again.
Her opponents also took issue with her refusal to take part in a televised debate with other party leaders.
May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff.
But a shock projection of the results, released at 10 p.m. local time on Thursday immediately after voting finished, showed May would win just 314 of the British parliament's 650 seats.
Her government has already triggered Article 50 of the EU Lisbon treaty which could see Britain formally leave the EU by March 30, 2019. Political observers said the latest losses mean a vote about independence is unlikely in the near future.