General Election 2017

A hung Parliament – Prime Minister Theresa May’s political gamble fails

Jeremy Corbyn says Prime Minister Theresa May has lost her authority. Image: BBC live news coverage.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has defied expectations in the 2017 General Election campaign and secured 40 per cent of the popular vote.

But the Labour gains are not enough to make them the largest party.

 

Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Theresa May faces a political crisis this morning.

The Tories have lost seats and cannot form an overall majority government.

It’s clear that it will not be able to secure 326 seats.

To form a government the party will need to reach an agreement with Democratic Unionist MPs in Northern Ireland.

Jeremy Corbyn called upon Mrs May to resign during his acceptance speech in his Islington constituency.

Other shock developments overnight include former LibDem leader Nick Clegg losing his seat in Sheffield.

He said: ‘You live by the sword, you die by the sword.’

But former LibDem cabinet minister, Vince Cable, is returning to Parliament.

The SNP in Scotland have experienced considerable losses.

Its leader in the Commons, Angus Roberston, along with former leader Alex Salmond have both lost their seats.

The swing from SNP to the Conservatives in Scotland has been 20 per cent.

This is being seen as a significant success for the Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson.

 

The Labour Party believes it has fought a positive and successful campaign and mobilised a younger generation of voters to take part in politics.

 

 

 

The Green Party’s only MP, Caroline Lucas, increased her majority in Brighton.

 

Ms Lucas is an alumna of Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Theresa May reached an understanding with the Ulster Democratic Unionists and saw the Queen at Buckingham Palace to say that she could form a government that would have enough support in the House of Commons.

Other leading Conservative cabinet members such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, and Brexit Secretary David Davis were refusing media requests for interviews.

 

 

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