Britain: Conservative Party loses majority, will need to form coalition

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party managed to beat the Labour Party but lost the necessary majority and will need to form a coalition.
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According to the current count of the UK general election, with only 4 seats left, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party holds 315 seats in the Parliament while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has 261. While the Conservative Party is the largest in the Parliament, it lost the necessary majority and will need to form a coalition. The final results will be announced later this afternoon (Friday).

The results are disappointing to May’s Conservatives, who rushed into a snap election to increase their strength. In the previous election, the Conservative Party won 330 seats and now it will not receive more than 320. Another interesting statistic points to the collapse of Britain's far-right UKIP party, which didn’t win a single seat. Surprisingly, most of its lost votes went to Corbyn’s left-wing party.

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May and Corbyn Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After confirming her seat in Parliament, May said that if her party receives most of the seats in parliament, it will provide the necessary stability for Britain. “If the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes,” May said. “Then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do.”

Corbyn Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Liberal Democrats Party leader Tim Farron responded to poll results and said that he will most likely not join a coalition with the Conservative Party in case of a hung parliament. On the other hand, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which has so far won 10 seats, announced that it will be willing to enter negotiations of a coalition with May.

May and her husband Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News


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