UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Javier Howell
June 20, 2017

"The success of the Labour Party winning more seats than expected was because they tapped into anxiety over public spending cuts since 2010, anxiety over the state of National Health Service, and also concerns with youth voters over the amount of student debt and access to United Kingdom housing - two big issues".

That the result of the British election has come as a shock to Theresa May is stating the obvious, but what perhaps may not be as obvious is the underlying message it has given to the Tories and its leadership.

She later announced that her top ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, foreign minister Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, would remain in their positions. This is disappointing for Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to call an early election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union on Brexit.

Corbyn also said there's enough opposition in Parliament and in May's own party to topple the government.

The Labour MP, who has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he recognised the party ran an "effective campaign" but a Conservative prime minister now sits in No 10.

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". The issue didn't resonate on the campaign trail, and it didn't resonate at the ballot box either: The party got a slightly smaller percentage of the vote than last time.

The Green Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru have all spoken in favour of alliances, although the Liberal Democrats - for whom a coalition with the Conservatives has already proved devastating - had ruled out joining with other parties.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the early results showed May had lost her mandate and called for her to resign. She had hoped to boost the Conservatives' majority in Parliament and get a stronger mandate in negotiating the Brexit from the European Union.

No doubt, May will be ridiculed for blowing her majority government but, to be fair, very few would have predicted this outcome at the time she called for the election.

May called the election to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc.

People demonstrate on Whitehall, central London, Saturday June 10, 2017, after the British general election result. "We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation", he said.

Former Conservative minister Anna Soubry added that the premier "is in a very hard place. she now has to obviously consider her position". It is possible that the strong performance of the Labour Party was driven by a higher-than-expected turnout from young voters looking, in part, to express their displeasure at the result of the referendum.

"I will now form a government - a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", she said. The Conservatives are forecast to win 314 seats, followed by Labour with 266 seats.

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