Theresa May has sought and been granted permission by the Queen to form a government at Westminster.
The Tory was blasted for a stuttering campaign by many, but crept over the line with the help of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.
In total May’s conservative party will have 318 seats in parliament (this could rise to 319 with one result outstanding), while the DUP possesses 10 seats, giving a precious overall majority of 328 seats in the house so long as the agreement survives.
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May left Downing Street shortly before 12:30pm and headed to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II.
Prior to yesterday’s election Mrs May had said a loss of just six seats would hand the role of Prime Minister to a resurgent Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn.
If I lose just six seats I will lose this election and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with Europe: https://t.co/OwbfDseOJh
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 20, 2017
But as has become a recurring facet of her ‘strong and stable’ leadership May has backtracked on that comment.
Despite losing 12 seats – twice that which she intimated would be detrimental to her leadership – the Tory leader has vowed to continue in her role as PM.
May promised outside Downing Street to:
…guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.
What the country needs now more than ever is certainty. Having secured the largest number of votes and greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear the Conservatives and Unionist party has the legitimacy to provide that.
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However, there is clear discontent in the Tory ranks.
Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe labeled the campaign as ‘dreadful’ and called for her party leader to consider her position.
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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was a touch more scathing in his review of May:
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 9, 2017
Well, although Labour will consider the result a considerable victory, or at the very least a significant progression, Britain will remain under Conservative rule.
Time will tell what that means for the NHS, the Human Rights Act, policing, education, social welfare, and everyone’s favourite hot topic, Brexit.