UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

  • UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in parliament, and the country is now set for a hung parliament.

Labour under him polled 40 per cent of the vote, the highest for the party since 1970, and only slightly behind Ms May's Tories. Being the first party in the House, she doubtless has the constitutional right to try to form a government.

May's bet that she could strengthen her hand by crushing what she believed to be a weak opposition Labour Party backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative Party of a parliamentary majority.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Corbyn's success came in part from cooperating with the grassroots campaign normalization momentum, which took advice from Bernie Sanders' volunteers.

May, who went into the election with a reputation for quiet competence, was criticized for a lackluster campaigning style and for a plan to force elderly people to pay more for their care, a proposal her opponents dubbed the "dementia tax". Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

The British pound tumbled against the US dollar and the euro after the election result. "And make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". Numerous party members are also uncomfortable with the kind of deal that will have to be struck with the DUP, a socially conservative party.

"Theresa May has been in British politics for quite a long time, but she is not somebody with a huge media profile or who is associated with particular policy positions", Goodwin told ABC News ahead of election day. Corbyn pointed out that the police force was cut by nearly 20,000 during May's tenure - which was not a message to make the general public feel more secure in the aftermath of terrorist incidents. A surprise resurgence by the Labour Party gave the main opposition party 261 seats, followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34. The British Parliament has a total of 650 seats. This is very different from a proportional system.

On Friday, May declared her intention to lead a government with the support of the Northern Ireland MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - describing the tie-up as a government of "certainty". May tried to portray herself as a singular leader, but now she can stay in power only with the help of one of the small Northern Irish parties. However, she brought this upon herself.

May took a gamble in April by calling for the snap election.

But May's lack of passion was rooted in her own political strategy.

But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty.

Markets do not like uncertainty, and the United Kingdom pound fell sharply after the polls closed. It is certainly possible, and it's possible that there could even be a another general election, too.

Strictly speaking, the Brexit negotiations can be conducted by Brexit secretary David Davis and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier without immediate reference to parliament. The Brexit negotiations were a almost insurmountable task in the best of circumstances - and are now close to impossible given the hung Parliament.