Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to resign despite terrible UK election night. Theresa May is refusing to quit as Prime Minister despite her disastrous election night as the UK voted for a hung parliament.
Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election backfired in spectacular fashion as she lost the Conservatives’ majority in the House of Commons as Labour made significant gains.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, urged Mrs May to resign as he said she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country”.
Meanwhile, even senior Tory figures have suggested she should consider her position.
However, Mrs May insisted the UK needed a period of stability as she delivered a speech following her re-election as the MP for Maidenhead.
She said: “At this time, more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability.
“If, as the indications have shown and if this is correct, 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.”
As things stood at 7.50am on Friday morning, the Conservatives had won 314 seats, a loss of 12, while Labour had won 261, a gain of 29.
And with 645 of the 650 seats now declared, no single party will be able to secure an overall majority, with a hung parliament now guaranteed.
On a night of high drama when most pundits predicted an overwhelming Tory victory Mrs May failed to strengthen her hand ahead of Brexit negotiations as she had hoped.
Theresa May’s kiss of death?
Theresa May boldly toured the Labour heartlands, “arrogantly” targeting seats the Tories had largely abandoned in recent years.
But the audacious land grab appears to have backfired, with the vast majority of those marginal seats returning even more decisive Labour victories.
The Prime Minister made a point of visiting seats in Wales and the North West that David Cameron had made little effort to win in 2010 and 2015.
Analysis found that around 60 per cent of her campaign visits were made to Labour constituencies such as Wrexham, Ealing, Halifax and Bridgend.