Theresa May says election night made her 'shed a little tear'

Theresa May

Theresa May

"It was when I heard the exit poll. I knew the campaign wasn't going perfectly, but still the messages I was getting from people I was speaking to, but also the comments we were getting back from a lot of people that were being passed on to me, were that we were going to get a better result than we did".

In her first extended interview since the election, to mark her first year in No 10, Mrs May said that she was "devastated" by the result on June 8 and that it had come as...

May said she had increased respect for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was often targeted by the party since his election as leader in 2010.

When Barnett pressed the Prime Minister over whether she was emotional after finding out the exit poll result, Mrs May said: "Yes a little tear, at that moment".

Over the course of an interview in Downing Street lasting more than 20 minutes, Mrs May opened up about the emotional impact of the result, but insisted she had never considered stepping down.

"I felt, I suppose devastated really", she added.

She claimed the result was "about the balance of messages within a campaign".

May faces a darker political future than the one she bet on when calling a snap election, or even a year ago, when she came to power on the heels of the Brexit referendum. Since she saw a flawed campaign where her authority diminished. "I think it was the right thing to do at the time", she said. She said she was impressed with the way he had reacted to the terror attack at Finsbury Park in his constituency.

"We were the biggest party - we won more votes than the Labour party, more seats than the Labour party - we were the only party able to form a government, and I felt it was our responsibility to do that".

"It wasn't the case that there was a point in time where it was sort of, suddenly, "We've got to change direction in this campaign, or do this in the campaign rather than what we were doing previously", she said.

When challenged over the government's confidence and supply deal with the DUP, May said she was not concerned by being partners with the DUP: "We were very clear that the Conservative Party would not row back", on equality issues.

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