UK Election 2017 highlights: Let's get to work, says Theresa May after meeting the Queen

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UK Election 2017 highlights: Let's get to work, says Theresa May after meeting the Queen
  • 19:20 (IST)

    Democratic Unionist key for Theresa May to form government

    The Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats in Thursday's voting, has emerged as the most likely partner to form a coalition government. May said Friday she looks forward to working with "our friends and allies" in the DUP.

    "Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom," May said.

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  • 19:07 (IST)

    Brexit talks must end in 2018: EU commissioner

    German EU commissioner Guenther Oettinger has turned the timetable screws even more on Britain, saying negotiations on its exit from the European Union must actually be finished by October 2018, instead of March 2019, to allow the 27 remaining nations to approve the deal.

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  • 18:35 (IST)

    No time to lose to start Brexit talks: EU's Tusk tells May

    European Union President Donald Tusk took time to write British Prime Minister Theresa May in the wake of the elections.

    "Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union in the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome," he wrote.

    He said, in the letter, that the March 2019 deadline left them with no time to lose to begin the talks on Brexit.

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Theresa May should resign: Nicola Sturgeon 

    Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said that the Conservative Party's "reckless" approach to Brexit should be abandoned.

    Speaking on Friday after Theresa May lost her majority in Parliament, Sturgeon said the prime minister had "lost all authority and credibility," and should resign.

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  • 18:06 (IST)

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Theresa May confirms plans to stay on as Britain's prime minister 

    After a brief meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, May said the new government will guide Britain's exit talks from the European Union, which are set to begin in just 10 days.

    Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, May said her Conservatives and the DUP will work together to "fulfill the promise of Brexit."

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  • 17:37 (IST)

    Now, let's get to work: Theresa May

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Theresa May leaves Buckingham Palace

    After spending about 15 minutes with the Queen, Theresa May has left the Buckingham Palace, The Guardian reported.

    May is due to give a statement in Downing Street soon.

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  • 16:59 (IST)

    Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet queen

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  • 16:57 (IST)

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Theresa May has lost all authority and credibility: Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon 

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  • 16:49 (IST)

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says Theresa May's 'extreme' vision of Brexit was rejected by the British people.

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  • 16:47 (IST)

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Here’s what the new political map looks like

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Nigel Farage may return as UKIP leader

    With Paul Nuttell resigning as UKIP leader, it may be upto Nigel Farage to return to the helm for a fourth stint, The Telegraph reported.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    European Union president Donald Tusk wants Brexit talks to start soon

  • 15:27 (IST)

    UKIP has a bright future despite poor show, insists Paul Nuttall

    UKIP may have won just the one seat in the elections, but the party has a "bright future", said party leader Paul Nuttall. BBC reported that Nuttall also resigned as UKIP leader, leaving Pete Whittle as the party's sole leader and Assembly member.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Tories' deal with DUP official

    DUP's deal with the Conservatives is now official, and with help from 10 MPs the Northern Ireland party brings, Tories can cross the magic figure of 326.

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Theresa May to meet Queen today to stake a claim to power

    As leader of the largest party in the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet the Queen at 12.30 pm local time, and will stake her claim to forming a government.

  • 14:26 (IST)

  • 14:24 (IST)

    So good Brexit rejected: Former Labour foreign secretary

  • 14:12 (IST)

    EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier says Brexit talks should begin when UK is ready

  • 14:09 (IST)

    Theresa May pays a heavy price for a political blunder

    In the big book of political blunders, Theresa May's decision to hold a snap election to solidify her Brexit mandate will rank among the most memorable — and the most unnecessary.

    The British prime minister was cruising along two months ago with a solid majority in Parliament and several years to run on her party's mandate. There was no need for her to put her position on the line, and she had said earlier that an election was not needed.

    But her party's huge lead in the opinion polls — 20 percent in most cases — made the prospect too tempting to pass up.

    At the time, it seemed to make sense. Her main opponent — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, known for his left-wing views — was stumbling from mishap to mishap, unable even to muster solid support from his party's own lawmakers. May seemed virtually certain to add to her party's strength, win a mandate in her own name (not just as a stand-in for her disgraced predecessor, David Cameron) and gain five years to negotiate a deal on exiting the European Union without facing a pesky national vote in the middle.

    So she flung the dice — and marched off a political cliff.

    After Thursday's vote, May's Conservative Party still has the largest number of lawmakers, but lacks a parliamentary majority. It may well be able to form a minority government in the coming days and weeks, but the prime minister's ability to cling to the keys of Number 10 Downing Street is very much in doubt, and her stated goal of unifying the country behind her ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations with EU leaders is utterly out of reach. — AP

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Kensington keeps parties waiting, another recount expected

    There's still no result in West London's Kensington seat despite two recounts. The Conservatives have said they will not concede the polls, instead keep asking for further recounts, according to the BBC. As such, there's going to be a third recount, which will take place in the next day or two. But before that can happen, the officials would need to find replacement staff for the count, and may even need another venue.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    DUP's support may come at a cost for Conservatives

    Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland's DUP, has hinted she expects British Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down. "It will be difficult for her to survive given that she was presumed at the start of the campaign, which seems an awfully long time ago, to come back with maybe a hundred, maybe more, in terms of her majority,” she told BBC Radio Ulster. "Now we’re in the position we find ourselves in tonight, so it will be an incredibly difficult evening for her.”

    Foster said any discussions about an informal agreement with the Scottish National Party would be taken over the weekend. “It’s too soon to say what we are going to do yet, we need to see the final make-up of parliament and we need to reflect on that,” she said. “There will be contact made over the weekend but it is too soon to work out what we are going to do.”

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Jeremy Corbyn 'ready to serve' Britain

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has stood by his earlier demand seeking Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation, saying he is "ready to serve" his country. He also said the Brexit negotiations will have to go ahead, and that he wants a "job first Brexit". According to The Guardian, Corbyn said delaying negotiations is out of Britain’s hands. He also repeated his call for Theresa May to resign, and said it was pretty clear Labour won the election on a "strong and hopeful" programme.

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Northern Ireland's DUP may offer Conservatives support of 10 MPs

    The Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 MPs in Northern Ireland, may offer support to the Tores, which could help give the party a wafer-thin majority. This could also be a boost for Prime Minister Theresa May, who may get to retain her post. But it will be an uncomfortable alliance, given the narrow margins.

  • 13:09 (IST)

    For children unfamiliar with the British electoral process, here's a handy guide

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  • 12:29 (IST)

    Sadiq Khan congratulates Labour for a 'positive night'

  • 12:13 (IST)

    BBC reports that Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to resign

  • 12:07 (IST)

    The phenomenon of a minority government looms

    If neither Conservatives nor Labour is able to conjure together the numbers required to cross the 326 figure, they can technically form a "minority government", but it will be unable to pass legislations or laws without support of the other parties. For example, Labour could be a minority government with Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister — but would likely require the votes of the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrat MPs to get things done.

    More realistically, however, to get the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UKIP, Plaid Cymru, and the Democratic Unionist Party on the same page regarding legislation will be a near impossibility.

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Theresa May gambled on snap polls, but failed to do an Indira or Thatcher

    When Theresa May took what she thought was a bold decision in April this year to call for elections long ahead of schedule, and opinion polls then predicted a landslide victory for her Conservative Party, there was a general feeling that she was carving a path just as Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher had done before her.

    Why then has May failed where Thatcher or Gandhi succeeded? It could be because when Gandhi or Thatcher called for early elections by a year, they had already been in power for four years and had taken some policy decisions and implemented certain astute programmes that had captured the imagination of the voters. Voters had no hesitation in reinforcing their faith and hope in these leaders.

    But May had been in office for just around 10 months when she called for elections. She had not taken any major decisions during this period to capture the attention of the voters. Throughout this period, she was largely preoccupied with setting in motion the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, as mandated by the British citizens in a referendum last year.

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  • 11:36 (IST)

    And now for a footballing metaphor

  • 11:29 (IST)

    How will Northern Ireland help provide kingmaker in British elections

    Results from Northern Ireland are coming in, and it looks like 10 seats for the Democratic Unionist Party and seven for Sinn Féin, the latter still boycotting Westminster. This leaves the DUP in a very strong position, and could potentially help form the next government.

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Will May's tough Brexit stance hurt Tories?

    Since Theresa May's Conservatives emerged the single largest party in the House of Commons, the prime minister will get first shot at stitching together a coalition. However, given her tough stance on Brexit, she may find it hard to secure allies ready to back her.

  • 11:09 (IST)

    Nigel Farage blames Theresa May

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Will Theresa May resign?

    British Prime Minister Theresa May called for snap elections three years ahead of schedule, but failed to consolidate the Conservatives' majority in Parliament. With Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn already asking for her ouster, the pressure may be on her to step down. But will she? There has been no indications from Downing Street yet.

  • 10:59 (IST)

    Theresa May can't renegotiate Brexit for Britain, says Labour leader Ed Miliband

  • 10:48 (IST)

    What happens if no one wins the election?

    According to BBC, it is possible for the Labour Party to form the government in this case with the support of other parties.

    In case of a hung parliament, the Conservative government remains in office until it is decided who will form the new government or unless Theresa May decides to resign.

    The Labour Party does not need to wait for May to exhause all her options to form a government.

    And even though there is no deadline, the government is expected to be formed by 13 June, which when the new Parliament meets for the first time.

  • 10:42 (IST)

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Theresa May loses overall majority in British parliament: AFP

  • 10:31 (IST)

  • 10:30 (IST)

    Jeremy Corbyn, the firebrand symbol of Britain's resurgent Left

    Labour's hard-left leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly beaten the odds in his long and colourful political career and he appears to have done so again with an unexpectedly strong result in Britain's national election.

    A 68-year-old socialist stalwart who has never held major office, Corbyn began his election campaign as rank outsider — a status he turned to his advantage — and experts said the results mean internal party rumblings against his leadership will be toned down.

    Drawing comparisons to Bernie Sanders in the United States, Corbyn on the campaign trail railed against the establishment and harnessed public angst over Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership in turbulent times. — AFP

  • 10:25 (IST)

  • 10:24 (IST)

    Tories bag 302 seats, Labour at 256

  • 10:14 (IST)

    Can Labour mount a challenge with support from smaller parties?

    Though Conservatives have a handy lead over the Labour, it's the latter that can boast the support of smaller parties like the SNP and the Liberal-Democrats. This may be a shot in the arm for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

  • 10:06 (IST)

    Record number of female MPs, with 192

    The Press Association has reported that there are now 192 female MPs in the British House of Commons, which is a record high, one more than the 191 number achieved in 2015. That again was a big improvement on the 2010 figure, when only 143 out of 650 MPs were women.

The odds seem to be in favour of Theresa May holding on to her job as the British Prime Minister as voting is set to begin across the UK this morning under the looming shadow of the two deadly terror attacks that rocked the country in the past three weeks.

A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 46.9 million people registered to vote in the country. It remains to be seen if the Conservative party leader's decision to call a snap general election follows the forecast patterns of the latest opinion polls and betting odds or the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party is able to make a dent into her slim majority in the House of Commons.

The final pre-poll survey done by Comres for the Independent newspaper gives the Tories a 10-point lead over the Labour party.

File image of Therese May and Jeremy Corbyn. AP

File image of Therese May and Jeremy Corbyn. AP

May's ruling Conservatives are on 44 percent, Labour at 34 percent, the Liberal Democrats at 9 percent, with far-right UKIP at 5 percent, the Scottish National Party (SNP) at 4 percent and the Green Party at 2 percent.


This forecast is echoed in the nearly 100 million pounds expected to be bet on the outcome of the polls. "Generally, on average, the polls tend to point toward a fairly small Tory majority, whereas the betting is more optimistic of the prime minister landing a majority of around 70 seats," said a betting expert at Ladbrokes, one of the UK’s leading bookmakers.

Betfair, another leading bookmaker, also views the Tories as the odds-on favourite to win the general election, with odds of 1/12. However, there are some pundits who point out that the pre-poll patterns are following similar trends as for the Brexit referendum vote in June 2016, the outcome of which had taken most pollsters by surprise.

The betting odds being offering for a hung Parliament have also narrowed after some recent opinion polls had indicated the possibility of such an outcome.

Officially, it takes 326 seats for an overall majority in the House of Commons. In the 2015 general election, then Prime Minister David Cameron led Conservatives had won 331 seats, giving the Tories a small but significant majority, and the Labour party won 232 seats.

The official exit poll at the close of voting at 10 pm local time on election night is traditionally expected to give an indication of which way the vote is likely to go.

The constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South in north-east England has a history of being the first to declare the results, with the complete results expected to be clear by early on Friday morning.


Sunderland is a traditional Labour party stronghold and the vote-share with which the party holds on to the seat in the region is often seen as a sign of things to come.

Brexit is expected to be the central factor behind voting patterns, including for the estimated 1.5 million Indian-origin voters.

All the major parties wrapped up their campaigning on Thursday with a last-ditch effort to swing undecided voters. May focussed on her central message of the "strong and stable leadership" that she can provide for Britain's exit negotiations from the European Union (EU).

"Brexit is the basis of everything. We need to secure our economy for the future, we need to ensure we are getting more jobs, better paid jobs, more opportunities for young people in this country. We can do that if we get the Brexit negotiations right," she said in one of her final speeches.

Corbyn, on the other hand, focussed on his party's promise to spend more on health and education. "Never before has there been a clearer choice between the parties... a choice quite simply between hope and fear," he said.

The Liberal Democrats have been focused on their Remain-voting target seats, while the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has stuck to its central message of ensuring there is no back-tracking on Brexit.

The UK was recently rocked by two terror attacks. Seven people were killed on Saturday when three men aboard a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge and went on a stabbing spree before being shot by police.

The second attack took place on 22 May when 22 people were killed and 116 injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.


Published Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:49 pm | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:49 pm



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