Theresa May’s decision for a snap General Election disastrously backfired and Britain is now facing a hung parliament.
With nearly all results in, May faces ending up with 12 fewer seats than when she called the election.
As of 09:58 BST the Tories are set to get 318 (-12 seats), Labour 261 (+31 seats), the SNP 35 (-19 seats), Lib Dems 12 (+3 seats) and the DUP 10 (+2 seats).
The Tories remain the largest party but have fallen short of commanding the House of Commons and will now need support from minor parties to attempt to govern.
Tory MPs were shocked and furious after the party lost much of its 20-point lead in the polls during the course of the campaign. Blame was now being pointed towards a badly received Conservative manifesto as well as on May’s personal campaign performance. She refused to take part in televised political debates, interviews and had to make a public u-turn on her social care policy. She refused to answer questions directly and has been mocked at for her constant repetition of the phrase ‘strong and stable.’
Conservative former minister Anna Soubry said she should “consider her position” and take personal responsibility for a “dreadful” campaign and a “deeply flawed” manifesto after choosing to go to the country three years early in the hope of extending her majority. However, it appeared on Monday morning that May would not cave in to pressure and would continue as Prime Minister.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also called on the Prime Minister to resign, saying she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country.”
Corbyn today repeated his demand for May’s resignation, adding he and his party were “ready to serve”. He insisted: “That’s what we fought the election for.”
“We are offering to put forward the programme on which we fought the election. We are there as the Labour Party, everyone can see the huge increase in our support.”
After winning Islington North for the ninth time, Corbyn said in his victory speech “This election was called by the Prime Minister to gain a large majority in order to assert her authority.”
“The election campaign has gone on for the last six weeks, I have travelled the whole country and you know what: politics has changed.”
“Politics is not going back into the box where it was before. What has happened is people have said they have had quite enough of austerity politics, they have had quite enough of the underfunding of the health service, underfunding our schools and education service.”
He added: ‘I am very proud of the results coming in around the country tonight, of people voting for hope, hope for the future and turning their backs on austerity. If there is a message from tonight’s result it is this: the Prime Minister called the election, she wanted a mandate. The mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.”
“I would have thought that was enough to go and make way for a government that will be truly representative of the people of this country.”
As May stood and waited for the declaration in her Maidenhead constituency she appeared shaken and distraught as she said “As we look ahead and wait to see what the final results will be, I know – as I say – the country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are the Conservative Party will ensure we fulfil our duty in ensuring that stability so that we can all, as one country, go forward together.”
George Osborne, former chancellor sacked from the Cabinet by May told ITV: “Clearly if she’s got a worse result than two years ago and is almost unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader.”
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage echoed his voice calling for Theresa May to resign. He said “I think she’s failed completely, I think she has weakened they’re [the Conservative Party’s] own position not just within British politics but she’s weakened the UK’s position with these renegotiations.”
The map shows show how the UK voted in the 2017 General Election.
Conservatives had 42.4% of the vote and has failed to secure a majority. Labour’s share had increased by almost 10 points from its 2015 level to 40.08% and the election has resulted in a hung parliament.
How London Voted
London has seen Labour capture seats from the Conservatives, while the Liberal Democrats have managed to resurgence.
(source: the Evening Standard)
Breakdown of votes for each party
Votes: 13,650,900 Seats: 318 Vote Share: 42.4%
Votes: 12,858,652 Seats: 261 Vote Share: 40.0%
Votes: 2,368,048 Seats: 12 Vote Share: 7.4%
Votes: 977,569 Seats: 35 Vote Share: 3.0%
Votes: 524,604 Seats: 1 Vote Share: 1.6%
Votes: 292,316 Seats: 10 Vote Share: 0.9%
Votes: 238,915 Seats: 7 Vote Share: 0.7%
Votes: 164,466 Seats: 4 Vote Share: 0.5%
June 9, 2017