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09 June 2017 - Theresa May Loses Overall Majority in UK Parliament

May’s gamble on a snap British vote backfires spectacularly, as losses trigger calls to step down
Griff Witte, Karla Adam and William Booth (The Washington Post, 09/06/2017)

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bet that she could strengthen her grip on power by calling an early election backfired spectacularly on Friday, with her Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority and May facing calls to resign.

The outcome — an astonishing turn following a campaign that began with predictions that May would win in a historic landslide — immediately raised questions even among her fellow Tories about whether she could maintain her hold on 10 Downing Street.

It also threw into disarraythe country’s plans for leaving the European Union, threatening to render Britain rudderless just days before talks were to begin with European leaders over the terms of the nation’s exit.

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Hung Parliament
 
What is a hung parliament and what happens now?
Rajeev Syal (The Guardian, 09/06/2017)
 
The prime minister called a snap election to increase her majority and now looks like she will be left with no majority at all.

But in her speech on Friday morning she signalled that the Conservatives hoped to hang on in government. The full picture across the UK has yet to emerge although the Tories have won the most seats.

To win outright, a party must in theory secure 326 of 650 seats in the House of Commons, gaining a majority and earning the right to form the next government.

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Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour Party now belongs to Jeremy Corbyn
(The Economist, 09/06/2017)

When Theresa May called the general election eight weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn was widely regarded as the weakest leader the Labour Party had fielded since Michael Foot in 1983 or perhaps even since George Lansbury in 1935. Today he is the comeback grandpa: a potential kingmaker in Parliament and the undisputed leader of the Labour Party.

There is a small chance that Mr Corbyn will be able to form a coalition government. As we went to press the Tories looked as if they could fall just short of an overall majority. By convention, the incumbent party has the first chance to form a government. Yet the largest of the minority parties, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats, would be far more likely to make a deal with Labour than with the Tories. Even if the Tories are able to form a government, Mr Corbyn will be the powerful leader of a powerful opposition: he will be able to put a prime minister who has at best a small majority under constant pressure.

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Jeremy Corbyn

Election results: Theresa May 'no intention of resigning' after losses
(BBC, 09/06/2017)

The UK faces the prospect of a hung parliament with the Conservatives as the largest party after the general election produced no overall winner.

With nearly all results in, Theresa May faces having fewer seats than when she called the election.

The Tories are projected to get 318 seats, Labour 261 and the SNP 35.

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Last update June 12, 2017
Créé le June 9, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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