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Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in British election

09 Juin 2017

Britain's voters have delivered a stunning blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, wiping out her parliamentary majority and prompting calls for her to resign.

"When we didn't know her she appeared a rather magnificent and dignified figure...the more they have seen of her the less they seem to trust her", Matthew Paris, a political commentator, and former Conservative MP told ITV News on Thursday night.

Ahead of the final result, May said Britain needed a "period of stability".

Among some of the heavyweight losses of the night include that of former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg losing his Sheffield Hallam stronghold to the Labour party, while fellow party colleague Vince Cable - who had lost his seat in a shock result in 2015 - has regained his Twickenham seat with a solid majority of 9,762.

The Conservative Party would now need to form a coalition government with another party to form a majority, while were hoping for Labour do the same with other more left-wing parties.

In his acceptance speech after being re-elected in Islington North he said it was time for a government that is "truly representative of all of the people of this country".

"She needs to consider her position", said Anna Soubry, an anti-Brexit Conservative lawmaker.

The reason the prime minister gave for calling the election was to strengthen her hand during the negotiations.

Asked what would constitute success, the 60-year-old vicar's daughter said: "I never predict election results".

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Instead, she risks an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for nearly a century.

Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party, which campaigned for Brexit, did not make it into parliament. Talks with European Union leaders are due to start in less than two weeks and those meetings may now need to be delayed, further eroding the time that Britain has to clinch a deal before it leaves the bloc in March 2019. "While in the early days the Conservative campaign attempted to pitch itself around May and 'her team" as the polls narrowed, its campaign grew more negative, focusing instead on attacking the "coalition of chaos" that could result from a Labour victory.

He said the United Kingdom could be a "different and fundamentally better place" as he claimed Labour's campaign had changed politics in the country. It may not be Davidson, but with May's time running out, talk of her replacement is growing louder in the party - even before the final results come in.

"A hung parliament is the worst outcome from a markets perspective as it creates another layer of uncertainty ahead of the Brexit negotiations and chips away at what is already a short timeline to secure a deal for Britain", said Craig Erlam, an analyst with brokerage Oanda in London.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Education Secretary Justine Greening hung onto their seats by the skin of their teeth with much reduced majorities.

The Tories have so far lost 11 seats and stand at 307.

Former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond was also defeated, losing his seat to a Tory contender.

Labour had won 257 seats by early Friday, up from 229, the best result for the party since its election wins under former leader Tony Blair and in the face of predictions which claimed it faced a landslide defeat.

It is the third time Britain has gone to the polls in two years, twice for a general election and once for the European Union referendum, and voter fatigue appeared to be an issue among the early voters. Tim Farron, the current leader, retained his seat with only a narrow majority.

Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in British election