Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

'Sorry' Theresa May promises to reflect on changes after election setback

'Sorry' Theresa May promises to reflect on changes after election setback

That wasn't the outcome the prime minister expected when she called a snap election in March, back when her party's lead over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour stood at 20 percent and May hoped a larger Tory majority would strengthen the United Kingdom's negotiating position on Brexit.

Northern Irish unionists gave full backing to May for a new government, with party leader Arlene Foster saying they will contribute to the country's "stability".

"Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

Prime Minister Theresa May called an unnecessary election only two years into the parliamentary term, after promising that she had no intention of going to the public before 2020.

No 10 has confirmed that Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis, Amber Rudd and Michael Fallon will all keep their existing jobs as Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, Brexit Secretary, Home Secretary and Defence Secretary respectively. She called the election because her government required a strong mandate heading into the Brexit negotiations.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn was victorious in a close race against May, giving the left-leaning party the majority in the British Parliament.

"That was not the result that we secured". The negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union are set to commence in just over a week.

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But she is under pressure from Tory ranks and a number of MPs have criticised her joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill for the way the election campaign unfolded.

Welcome to our fresh live blog, as Saturday looms with Theresa May still in 10 Downing Street, still prime minister, but with an uncertain day, week and month (s) ahead. What she didn't bargain for were the Labour voters who were mobilized by their country's terrifying direction.

The gamble failed, with the Conservative party losing its strong polling lead over the course of the campaign. Corbyn's Labour Party now has 261 seats.

"People have said they have had quite enough of austerity politics", he said, repeating his campaign promises to push for better funding for health and education. According to the Lord Ashcroft Polls, Brexit was the most important issue for 48% of Conservative voters, but only 8% of Labour voters.

"I think we need a change".

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last.

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