Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Theresa May to lose Prime Minister's seat

Theresa May to lose Prime Minister's seat

But Tory voters thought their party would do a better job of negotiating Brexit and believed Theresa May would be the best Prime Minister. Yet her gamble had started quite differently.

May's Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in a humiliating election Thursday and now need the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative DUP to pass votes, sparking widespread calls for her to resign. "This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks. and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union", she said after visiting Buckingham Palace to inform Queen Elizabeth II that she would try to form a new government.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

"We overestimated our match-fit status". Throughout the campaign she referred patronisingly to the Tories as "my candidates". May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

Standing outside her Downing Street official residence, May said she would form a government by relying on support from "friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful deal.

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Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. It reads: 'Theresa May said there will not be a coalition of chaos and she is now forming a minority government with the DUP.


"She's staying, for now", the source told Reuters.

Although the chance of him succeeding is slim, a poll showed support for Mr Corbyn and Labour growing in the wake of the shock election result which saw Mrs May returned to Downing Street but with her majority in tatters. They seemed to offer her a cushion to do something she rarely does: change her mind after weeks of vowing no early poll. "I'm ecstatic", said 19-year-old Toby French, who is studying politics and global relations at the University of Kent, which has a Canterbury campus. She has been found out.

"Mr Corbyn said Labour is quite ready and able to put forward a serious programme of government", which he said "obviously has massive support in this country".

The analysis comes as the Tories were still trying to accept the fact that they had failed to win a majority, despite a confident Mrs May calling the election back in April.

In contrast, Conservative voters were more likely to know from the outset which way they were voting, Lord Ashcroft said. "She called an election because she wished to crush all opposition to her, which is completely undemocratic", he said. "Instead of strong and stable leadership we witness chaos and uncertainty", he said, mocking Mrs May's campaign slogan.

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The senior Conservative source blamed the party's over-dependency on the tight messaging demanded by election guru Lynton Crosby for failing to endear May to voters tired of elections and rattled by two militant attacks in as many weeks.

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.

"The DUP today (Saturday) held discussions with representatives of the Conservative Party in line with Arlene Foster's commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", the party said.

The historic English university town of Canterbury, a Conservative stronghold with a high proportion of young voters, has elected a Labour lawmaker for the first time since the constituency was formed a century ago. Here, we tackle some of the questions being raised by BBC audiences.

She ended her election campaign with a rally in a half-empty conference hall on the outskirts of Britain's second city, Birmingham.

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May succeeded Cameron last June in the wake of the surprise outcome of the Brexit referendum on leaving the European Union . The DUP won 10 electorates in Northern Ireland, so has 10 seats in Parliament - but overall it only got 292,316 votes.


It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote. It's tremendously exciting to see young people animated and activated by politics.

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