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Hanging in There - Theresa May Stays UK PM, For Now

10 Juin 2017

Bolton's Tory leader Cllr David Greenhalgh described the result as a "shock" and "disaster" and said the strategy the party was asked to run locally was wrong.

European Union states are getting impatient about the delays in the Brexit talks, with some warning Friday after Britain's inconclusive election that the country should not be given more than the allotted two years to settle its divorce. The skewed media coverage had suggested that the Brexit vote had left the Labour Party in disarray as Corbyn fought of numerous challenges within his party to remove him as their leader. Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom. The Labour Party gained 32 seats, jumping from 229 to 261, setting back May and the Conservative Party.

The stunning election result comes after a campaign in which May lost popularity over her style and some of her social care policies, including a so-called "dementia tax" that would force the elderly to pay more for their care.

The pro-Brexit UKIP party previously led by Nigel Farage has lost all its seats. Whether she remains in the driving seat or not will be determined over the next few days, but she will lead a severely weakened Conservative government after an unnecessary election gone bad - again. Her motivation was to strengthen her government's hands on the eve of the talks with the European Union so as to ensure a smooth transition to a Britain-free EU but as things stand, it appears that the effect of the vote may be the opposite.

The DUP, which took 10 seats, was considering an arrangement which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition, Sky said.

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

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May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage. "[ Labour] made a really positive offer to an electorate who is fed up with austerity, that has doubts about globalization, and the neo-liberal economic model we have had for so long", Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London told TIME.

But some senior figures in Conservative Party were adamant May should stay on as prime minister, at least for the time being.

EU Council President Donald Tusk told Britain in a Tweet: "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations". "We know when they must end".

Klug, part of Corbyn's activist praetorian guard, spoke out after the Labour leader said it was "pretty clear" who had won the vote.

Britain and the EU are at odds over nearly every detail of the Brexit process, but European officials had hoped a strong win for May would make it easier to override domestic opposition and compromise.