British PM regroups after election setback

Ruben Ruiz
June 11, 2017

Mrs May was expected to make further appointments to her Cabinet on Saturday, but the damage to Mrs May's standing makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by carrying out an extensive reshuffle as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

Before Thursday's result, the co-architect of New Labour, Peter Mandelson, said that he was working every day for Corbyn's removal.

Dogus (photo) sharply closed the gap on the sitting member of parliament from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency - home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the British capital's financial centre.

She launched the two-year countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union on March 29 before announcing snap elections less than three weeks later, causing precious haggling time to be lost. They have now and they don't want Theresa May.

If they'd won just 287 more votes to secure five key Labour seats, they would have had a majority.

One minister told The Sun: "She is going to limp on like a lame duck".

French President Emmanuel Macron meanwhile said he was "pleased that she would continue to be a close partner" and agreed their countries' "strong friendship. was important and would endure".

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

For, despite their mathematical victory, the Conservatives were the biggest losers.

The calls for her to quit may have come in public from opposition politicians, but there are plenty of MPs in her own party who now believe her days are numbered.

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Sky News anchor Adam Bolton read out a text message Hill had sent to him live on air after he mentioned the health of the prime minister, who has diabetes.

"Imagine she survives until autumn of next year", he said.

It comes after a stunning series of gains for Mr Corbyn's party as the Conservatives lost their majority in a snap election that spectacularly backfired. The last thing many wanted was another divisive campaign. Labour appealed directly to young people by promising to scrap university tuition fees and suggesting it might cancel debts run up by recent graduates.

"The young have a bad deal", said Ben Page, chief executive of the pollster Ipsos MORI. Mrs May's incompetent electioneering makes not the slightest difference to that.

Voter turnout in the election was up from 66 percent in 2015 to nearly 69 percent, and half a million more young people registered to vote than before the last election. While he was demonized by conservative newspapers, on Facebook Corbyn was trending. "This was the first time I voted". "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".

The gap narrowed over the seven-week election as May was criticized for a lackluster campaign amid a series of missteps, most importantly a proposal to force elderly people to pay for more of their care.

Pre-election expectations were also upset by two terror attacks in as many weeks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, twice forced the suspension of campaigning and focused attention on the Conservatives' record on security.

As the pre-election polls showed Labour's vote rising, the tabloid press warned a vote for Corbyn's Labour could result in an unstable, chaotic government with links to terrorism. Never mind that she herself has offered few details about Brexit and what it will mean: May called this a “Brexit election”, declared herself the “strong and stable” candidate, promised tough negotiations with Europe and clearly expected to win a larger majority.

Now the Scottish Conservatives and the DUP are urging her to consider trying for a softer Brexit. U.K. Independence Party said "Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy". Now he declares that Corbyn has earned his right to lead the party, but will have to become more "ecumenical" and ditch policies that prevent the formation of the broader coalition urged by the Financial Times.

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