Corbyn quells rebellion in Britain's Labour with poll surge

Faith Castro
June 12, 2017

Corbyn, a 68-year-old leftist, has not only survived attempts by some members of his own party to oust him but has also now led Labour to unexpected electoral gains against the Conservatives - something that could change or at least temper the direction of talks May says she will lead to leave the European Union.

British newspapers summed it up in a word: Mayhem.

Instead of heading to the Conservative party, many Brexit supporters turned instead to Labour, attracted by the pledge to renationalise the railways, mail and some energy providers, the Labour source said.

"I asked for categoric assurance that if any deal was done with tehDUP that there would be no rescission of LGBT rights in the rest of the United Kingdom", she said.

Mrs May was working on a Cabinet reshuffle, although the election result makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by making wholesale changes as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

That's odd, because surely one of the most noteworthy aspects of the election was the surprisingly strong showing of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

The final result was announced nearly 24 hours after polls closed.

There will be no shortage of figures in her Conservative Party who would like to bring her down - they have clearly been furiously briefing the media ever since the election results started coming in.

She said the government would start Brexit negotiations with the European Union as scheduled in 10 days' time.

The pound hit an eight-week low against the dollar and its lowest levels in seven months versus the euro before recovering slightly after May said she would form a government backed by her "friends" in the DUP. This sort of thing will be par for the course in a country like India in a situation of "hung" Parliament when the ruling party did not win outright, but seems unusual for Britain.

Rather than resign, May quickly grabbed the lifeline of an alliance with the DUP, which won 10 seats.

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Conservative MP Nigel Evans told CNN his party shot itself "in the head" with an "irrelevant" manifesto, which was peppered with "arsenic". Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson - a rising star in the party - tweeted a link to a speech she made in support of gay marriage, drawing on her own experiences as a lesbian Christian.

May's snap election call was the second time that a Conservative gamble on the issue of Britain's relations with Europe backfired.

It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who chose to vote for Labour".

The Liberal Democrats said May should be "ashamed" of carrying on. The EU needs a strong negotiating partner with a clear program.

For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it. We know when they must end.

In May's camp, recriminations were immediate and stinging. It should have been a slam dunk for May, whose Conservative Party was 20 points ahead in the opinion polls, and who needed a stronger hand to push through the hard realities of "Brexit", the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, which passed by a razor-thin voter margin a year ago. The Queen, as she has done for over six decades, agreed with her prime minister.

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.

May confirmed she meant to start the Brexit talks on June 19 as planned, promising to "get to work".

"I was never a big Corbyn supporter, but was impressed by Labour's campaign and became a Corbyn believer", he said.

"As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what I need to do in the future to take the party forward".

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