9 June 2017
British Prime Minister, Theresa May has faced calls to quit after her election gamble to win a stronger mandate backfired, throwing British politics into turmoil and potentially delaying the start of Brexit negotiations.
As May tries to shake away the humiliation calling for “stability”, Labour rival, Jeremy Corbyn said she should step down.
With 636 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, the Conservatives had 310 to the Labour Party’s 258.
Even if the Conservatives won all the remaining seats, the party would fall short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Before the election, the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229.
“At this time, more than anything else this country needs a period of stability,” a grim-faced May said after winning her own parliamentary seat of Maidenhead in southeast England.
“I the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do.”
After winning his own seat in north London, Corbyn said May’s attempt to win a bigger mandate had backfired.
“The mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence,” he said.
“I would have thought that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country.”
May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, confident of sharply increasing the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron before launching into the Brexit talks.
Instead, she risked an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for almost a century.