Theresa May to Remain PM Despite Calls to Go

At print time, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party were looking likely fail to win a parliamentary majority in Britain's general election, a shock result that would plunge domestic politics into turmoil and could delay Brexit talks.

That's eight short of a majority, and she can now govern only with the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

If Corbyn had won seven seats that were narrowly won by the Tories, he would have been in the position May is in now and forming a "progressive alliance" with the smaller parties involved in the election.

Published earlier today by the London Evening Standard, a newspaper edited by former Tory chancellor George Osborne, the article argues that without the 14 seats secured by the Conservative Party in Scotland, Theresa May would not have been in a strong enough position to form a government at all.

May said Friday she will attempt to form a minority government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP.

Davis will lead Britain's side of the Brexit negotiations with the European Union, alongside May.

Pundits will say that May lost the election because she performed robotically on the campaign trail, failed to answer journalists' questions with conviction, and refused to debate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who campaigned with more panache than anyone expected. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take". But Theresa May had a very stumbling election campaign, and that severely undermined her status of this strong and stable leader.

Beard: Theresa May wanted to drive a hard bargain with the U.K.'s European partners.

The Conservative leader had called the election in a bid to extend her majority and strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations, but her gamble backfired spectacularly.

The 10 DUP MPs could prove crucial in supporting the Conservatives on key votes after Thursday's election saw Mrs May lose control of the Commons. What she didn't bargain for were the Labour voters who were mobilized by their country's terrifying direction.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

It is a testimony to the low expectations for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour that this result is being hailed as a victory for the party, even though it lost to the Conservatives by about the same popular vote percentage as Donald Trump lost to Hillary Clinton.

His calls for increased spending on the National Health Service, schools and police, as well as the nationalization of railroads and utilities, have proven popular - but it would take a huge swing in voter support for Labour to unseat the Conservative government. "Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. And make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". That would mean we would have had two referendums and three general elections in less than three years.

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