Theresa May: I did shed a tear over election result

Javier Howell
July 15, 2017

The exit poll put the Conservatives on 314 seats to Labour's 266, while the SNP were predicted to drop to 34 seats and the Lib Dems gain enough to finish on 14.

The Prime Minister then called a snap election whilst riding high in the polls, but lost her Commons majority and had to make £1billion deal with the DUP to stay in power.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is expected to strengthen the position of the conservatives, but the opposite happened.

May faced calls to quit from inside and outside her ruling Conservative Party after losing its majority in an election she did not need to call and which plunged Britain into the worst political instability for decades.

"Theresa May told BBC Radio 5 Live that she was "devastated" when she was told of the news, which she did not watch first hand due to her superstition about things like that". "My husband gave me a hug", she added.

Asked whether she had cried, she said: "Yes, a little tear, at that moment".

"I knew the campaign wasn't going perfectly but, still, the messages I was getting. were that we were going to get a better result than we did".

"When it came to the actual result there were a lot of people within the party who had been very close to the campaign who were genuinely shocked by the result", May said. The result left her facing calls for her resignation.

This follows an interview published in The Sun on Thursday where she gave the biggest hint yet that she might not be prime minister going into the next election, saying: "What I want to do is just recognise that there is a job to be done here, over the next few years".

She said: "He was there through the night with his constituents - I saw a Jeremy Corbyn there was was a good constituency MP".

"No, I didn't consider stepping down because I felt there was a responsibility there to ensure that the country still had a government".

Mrs May said there should have been a more positive message during the campaign but she did not regret calling the election because it was "the right thing to do at the time".

"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.

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