Jeremy Corbyn enjoys kickabout as politics takes a backseat

Lance Nichols
June 15, 2017

The poll forecast the Scottish National Party (SNP) would win 34 seats, the center-left Liberal Democrats 14, the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru three and the Greens one.

"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.

The Prime Minister called what she thought would be a Brexit-focused election, but the issue was quickly overshadowed by security as two deadly terror attacks, in Manchester and London, struck during the campaign period.

Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace Mrs May said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority. The prime minister said she meant to form a government with the Democratic Unionists to form a government that would "provide certainty" and "lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", according to the BBC. As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit past year".

As the results piled up, some form of minority or coalition government appeared increasingly likely.

Her campaign unraveled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen, notably from young voters, say analysts.

DUP leader Arlene Foster told a news conference later that her party will begin discussions with the Tories, suggesting that the deal is not yet in the bag.

A ministerial reshuffle was due to take place "shortly", she said, as she refused to rule out other changes. Meanwhile, the Labour Party surged, winning 29 seats in areas where the party's lukewarm support for the Brexit played well.

When May called the election seven weeks ago, she was seeking to capitalize on opinion polls showing that her Conservatives had a wide lead over the opposition Labour Party.


The result is a gain of 34 seats for Labour and a loss of 16 for the Conservatives.

In remarks delivered at his north London constituency's election count, Corbyn said May called the election to get a new mandate and the "mandate she got was one of lost support".

May had advocated a "hard Brexit" - a withdrawal that includes a clean break from the European Union's single market and customs union.

"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said on Friday in a televised statement.

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.

The spokesperson said that "The Prime Minister confirmed her intention for Brexit talks to begin as planned in the next couple of weeks, and that we would be looking for a reciprocal agreement on the rights of European Union citizens and British citizens overseas at an early stage", according to (The Sun).

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put (the Good Friday Agreement) at risk".

"We put forward our policies - strong and hopeful policies - and they've gained an wonderful response and traction", he said. "I said at the start this election was wrong".

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