Labour under him polled 40 per cent of the vote, the highest for the party since 1970, and only slightly behind Ms May’s Tories.
Instead, the result means the Conservatives will need to rely on support from smaller parties to govern, with more instability and the chance of yet another early election. None of them were “Jeremy” or “Corbyn”. “The mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
The loyalist and socially conservative party, the biggest in Northern Ireland, has drawn controversy for opposing same-sex marriage and any reform of the province’s strict abortion laws.
SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it had been a disappointing night for her party, which lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
May called the election six weeks ago to secure a stronger mandate ahead of the negotiations in Brussels but landed up weakening the conservatives in Parliament. Please remember that respectful communication is the most effective. That could cheer opponents of a “hard Brexit” that would take Britain completely out of the single market and the customs union.
Mr Corbyn pointed to the three million votes gained by Labour – as well as seats gained across the UK.
Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two terror attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues.
May called the early election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her hand in Britain’s exit talks with the European Union, with negotiations beginning in 10 days, but she saw her majority evaporate completely.
There are 650 seats in the United Kingdom parliament, and to govern with a full majority, a party needs to win 326 seats.
‘I’m afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign, ‘ Soubry said. “I don’t think Theresa May is a give up and go person”, Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy at LSE, says.
Who will be prime minister? There was no landslide one way or the other, but at least one government minister has lost her seat.
“I don’t think that’s in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) almost as much as security is”, said Sheard, 22.
“She’s safe for the foreseeable future, people want her to get Brexit started”, a member of the government told TIME.