Labour missed 'open goal' against Theresa May, says MP
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 17:02
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to attend Holy Communion at St Andrew's Church in Sonning, Berkshire, England, Sunday, June 11, 2017. "The mandate she's got is: lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.
The Labour leader, who has insisted the Conservatives lost the election despite being the largest party, was photographed by Times columnist Giles Coren at the football practice in sunny north London as the Prime Minister grappled with the fallout of losing her majority.
The change may help to quell some of the unrest within the party.
Its eurosceptic wing has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers.
May also reappointed an old adversary - Michael Gove, a former rival for the Conservative leadership whom May fired from the Cabinet when she took office a year ago. The group is pro-Brexit, but well to the right on social issues.
But rumors swirled of plots to oust May. Owen Paterson, a senior Conservative lawmaker, said "let's see how it pans out", when asked about May's future.
May's party won 318 seats, 12 fewer than it had before May called a snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262. Conversely, the Labour Party outperformed expectations, picking up 30 seats for a total of 262 in the 650-seat House of Commons, and its leader, leftist Jeremy Corbyn, emerged as a clear political victor.
Ms Davidson told the BBC: "I was fairly straightforward with her and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party".
After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May was expected to appoint a team that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history.
"I think it is wrong".
How May has been working with key actors in the Middle East has been highly criticized by her opponents - and much of the British public throughout her tenure.
He acknowledged that the government would now be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.
Theresa May was fighting for survival on Saturday after a failed election gamble undermined her authority and plunged the country into a major political crisis days before talks to leave the European Union start.
May confirmed she meant to start talks with the Europeans on June 19 as planned, promising to "get to work".
"But Article 50 has been triggered and there needs to be some sort of brexit negotiation process take place".
Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms.
"I will now form a government - a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", she said.
A senior Conservative lawmaker was in Belfast on Saturday for talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 seats in the new parliament could give May just enough support to pass legislation.
"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. Several Conservative members of parliament, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have also raised concerns about the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage.
The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence. The speech will be followed by several days of debate and a vote - and defeat would nearly certainly topple the government. By tradition, defeat on a Queen's Speech vote topples the government.
The two men in charge of Britain's economy deliver their annual Mansion House speech on Thursday when they are likely to try to calm businesses and investors anxious by May's precarious grip on power and the uncertain outlook for the United Kingdom economy which has lost a lot of its momentum of 2016.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose energetic campaign defied predictions of a crushing defeat, told May to quit, saying she had "lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".
"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility". "This is still on".