Bernie Sanders Congratulates Jeremy Corbyn On UK Election Gains

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

The Conservatives lost a total of 12 seats (as of midday Friday) across the United Kingdom when just last month public opinion polls and local election results suggested they were on track to pick up numerous seats.

Without the 14 seats won by the Scottish Conservatives, Mrs May's party would have been languishing on just 305 seats. It is said a deal has been worked out with Democratic Unionist Party which has won 10 seats to form a coalition government if permitted by the Queen. When Prime Minister May announced the election in April, her Conservative Party had a big double-digit lead in many polls and hoped for a landslide victory.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to be a "bloody hard woman" during her country's upcoming divorce negotiations with the European Union, has been ruthlessly reminded that British voters can be bloody hard as well.

But May's hold on power remained tenuous today as she tried to finalize a deal with a small Northern Irish party to prop up her minority government.

Speaking after the outcome became clear, May acknowledged that the result was a disappointment.

However the largest party in Northern Ireland, led by Arlene Foster, are something of an unknown quantity to the average man or woman on the street, and the average political columnist.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", Corbyn said in a speech early Friday. Only the Conservative and Unionist party can provide this.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election certainly wasn't about Brexit.

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May's snap election call was the second time that a Conservative gamble on the issue of Britain's relations with Europe backfired.

Jeremy Corbyn could have been Britain's next Prime Minister - if it wasn't for the performance of the Conservatives in Scotland.

The Conservative Party left the EPP in 2009 amid concerns about accelerated European Union political integration.

If that threshold is not met, parties must form a coalition or risk losing the ability to govern effectively due to a hung Parliament.

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, said: "Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated". But rather than head into negotiations right away, May chose to hold the snap election, which meant delaying the planned start of negotiations until June 19.

"I don't think that's in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) almost as much as security is", said Sheard, 22.

The Labour leader vowed to fight his Tory rival's attempt to run a minority government in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

Labour voters were more likely to be concerned about the NHS and spending cuts - only eight per cent said Brexit was the most important factor in their vote.

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