Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general that has resulted in a hung parliament. With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday polls shows gains for the opposition Labour Party. This is seen as a humiliation for PM Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign, but she said her party would ensure stability in the UK.
At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability, Mrs May said And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability - and that is exactly what we will do.
Corbyn earlier said: If there is a message from tonight's results, it's this: the prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.
I would have thought that's enough to go, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country,” he added.
Final election results are expected by Friday lunchtime.
The biggest shock of the night so far has been the Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg losing his seat to a Labour candidate. He was deputy prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2015 in a coalition government with the Conservatives.
Former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond was also defeated, losing his seat to a Tory contender.
A total of 650 Westminster MPs are being elected, with about 45.8 million people entitled to vote. A party needs 326 seats to have an overall majority. Prime Minister Theresa May - who had a small majority in the previous parliament - called an early election to try to improve her negotiation positions on Brexit. But analysts say it is clear the PM made a serious miscalculation.
The latest forecast suggests that the Conservatives are 10 seats short of an overall majority. Labour are predicted to gain 33 seats, the Tories lose 15 seats, the Lib Dems will gain five and the SNP lose 22 seat, mostly recovered by Tories that strangely enough have given Mrs- May her majority of votes.
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You trolls know nothing!Jun 09th, 2017 - 04:30 pm +4
UK elections - we have a Conservative government which carries the endorsement of our Head of State. Service as usual - maybe not to the liking of all of us but c'est la vie!
Democracy has prevailed as is our tradition! Tally ho!
Aw poor Think, Trollied and the others actually think that Corbyn somehow won. Yes he did better than expected but he still lost.Jun 09th, 2017 - 10:04 pm +3
I know you were all having wet dreams believing that he would hand over the Falklands to you on a platter, but its not to be.
The Conservatives have formed a coalition with the DUP which makes them the largest party ipso facto the Government of the UK.
Even if Corbyn had allied with the SNP, Liberals, and the other independents (sans the DUP, as they'd never support the terrorist loving Corbyn), assuming they agreed to join a coalition with him, he would still be short of an overall majority, which still makes him a loser.
The SNP were also losers. They lost seats to the Conservatives! The Conservatives haven't really won much in Scotland since the 1980's, which goes to show just how fed up the Scottish are with Sturgeon and her one track mind.
In the last general election the people of Scotland gave the SNP the chance to show that they were more than a one trick pony, and that they could government sensibly. But all their MPs did was NOTHING at Westminster, and all their MSP's did in Scotland is destroy the education system, the NHS, the Police whilst at the same time raising taxes.
So the SNP have shown that they aren't good enough to govern a devolved Parliament, when they have a safety net of the rest of the UK, which means the Scottish people realise just how right they were in voting against independence. The SNP would've just bankrupted them.
DT I always reserve my judgement of everyone and take people as I find them, even Trump. May has had her chance and blown it although her intentions were honourable but just wrong. Same with Boris who has repeatedly shown very bad judgement. That leaves David David who in the past has had dodgy attitudes to security and privacy and there are voices mentioning Ruth Davidson too....?Jun 11th, 2017 - 12:54 am +3
My opinion hasn't changed on Corbyn because he hasn't changed. We don't want Britain run by the union's again it was disastrous.
We should simply be negotiating for free trade with the EU whilst controlling our borders for work permits, reciprocal rights for EU nationals and Brits living in the EU, no financial contribution to EU coffers, and free to make all our own laws other than those regulating free trade.