Theresa May’s Conservatives, who anticipated an increased number of seats throughout the General Election campaign, find themselves the largest party in Parliament, but without an overall majority.
The Labour MP, who has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he recognised the party ran an “effective campaign” but a Conservative prime minister now sits in No 10.
Instead of opting for a post-election shuffle, the Prime Minister retained key figures in her cabinet.
No 10 has confirmed that Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, David Davis, Amber Rudd and Michael Fallon will all keep their existing jobs as Chancellor, Foreign Secretary, Brexit Secretary, Home Secretary and Defence Secretary respectively. “When you’re doing that going into Brexit negotiations – some of the most brutal, arduous negotiations this country has ever faced – you don’t have a chance going up against it without really a strong majority”.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn went on the offensive in an interview with the Daily Mirror on Saturday, vowing to oust Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservatives “within a matter of days”. He said Friday that he was “ready to serve”.
The result comes just weeks before Britain faces hard negotiations over terms for leaving the EU.
“I’m not sure if they really knew what they were voting for, to be honest with you”.
Corbyn also said there’s enough opposition in Parliament and in May’s own party to topple the government.
The British pollsters – and prime minister – have come up short once again. Anna Soubry, a Conservative MP, said May would have to consider her position. “It is clear only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons”.
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.
It is thought Mrs May will seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it “lend” its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as confidence and supply, the BBC reports.
The outcome was a significant political embarrassment for May, who called for an early election in April based on polls that showed the Conservatives would increase their majority and give her more clout in hard talks with the European Union on terms for exiting the political and economic alliance.
‘I’m afraid we ran a pretty awful campaign, ‘ Soubry said. She said it would help her in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The Labour leader says: “I can still be Prime Minister”.