Jeremy Corbyn was just 2227 votes short of becoming Prime Minister

Lynette Rowe
June 11, 2017

Britain's typically right-wing press savaged May over the election outcome, questioning whether she will be able to remain in power after a result that leaves her reliant on uniting rival factions within her party to deliver Brexit. Yet by the end of the night on June 8, it was clear that Labour had gained seats to the Conservatives' losses.

"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said on Friday in a televised statement.

But the story behind the swing to the opposition Labour Party in this quiet corner of England, forever associated with "The Canterbury Tales" of medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer, helps explain why the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority.

She had said earlier an election was not needed, but her party's lead in opinion polls, 20 per cent in most cases, made the prospect too tempting to pass up.

Mr Timothy and Ms Hill had worked for Mrs May when she was home secretary prior to becoming prime minister in July a year ago in the chaotic days that followed the Brexit vote. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

The rattled PM managed to form a minority government with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

"I think we've run a great and positive campaign and made a difference", said Dogus.

"She said, 'Give me a mandate.' And the answer was, 'No.' And that means we have to rethink everything, the entirety of the way we're doing Brexit", Dunt said.

British politicians differ widely on what they want from the Brexit negotiating process, seeing it as a way to shift Britain either to the right or left. The Economist backed the Liberal Democrats.

"The last thing business leaders need is a parliament in paralysis, and the consequences for British businesses and for the United Kingdom as an investment destination would be severe", said Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors business lobby.

The British voters' stunning setback for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party will result in a hung Parliament, and may hang up Brexit negotiations and even the Western alliance.

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Some youths may also have taken revenge on their parents and grandparents for supporting Brexit - support for leaving the European Union was much higher among older generations in the referendum a year ago on whether Britain should leave the EU. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as a result of 'no negotiations, '" he wrote on Twitter.

European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said May was now likely to be a "weak" partner.

Tory chiefs will hold back from axing Mrs May until Brexit negotiations are underway, The Sun reports.

There was little sympathy for Mr May from some Europeans. Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the EU. Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage.

There's no specific deal yet, but Ms May has said her party "will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular".

So she flung the dice - and lost.

Corbyn would be unlikely to win backing for a minority government, but was clearly revelling in a storming performance.

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. "It is good as far as it's gone but it's not going to be good enough".

But her campaign unravelled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Mr Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen.

Both were skilfully exploited by Corbyn, who also found the upper hand after two terror attacks threw the spotlight on May's record in her former job as interior minister.

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