Theresa May’s Conservative party loses majority in British parliament

Early results of the general elections in United Kingdom yesterday show that the Conservative Party will lose its small majority in the House of Commons. The Labour party gained 30 seats or more after an effective election campaign by its leader Jeremy Corburn.

Corburn called on May to resign: “Politics has changed. Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics.”

May put up a defiant face after having lost her gamble when she announced the snap election last April and could only say, “The country needs more stability than ever”.

When she decided on the elections, the Conservative were leading in the polls with about 20 percentage points. That lead however evaporated as the Election Day came nearer.

The terror attacks in Manchester and London Bridge did not benefit the sitting government but raised instead awkward questions about May’s time as minister of home affairs when she was responsible for counter terrorism measures.

United Kingdom is now entering a confusing period with talks on a new government and Brexit negotiations starting with the European Union soon. Theresa May did not get the mandate she had hoped for to ensure stability and leadership in the Brexit negotiations.

The author: Michel THEYS

Michel Theys, a Belgian native, began his career as a civil servant, serving the public for several decades. After retirement, he shifted gears to follow his passion for journalism. With a background in public administration, Theys brought a unique perspective to his reporting. His insightful articles, covering a wide array of topics, swiftly gained recognition. Today, Michel Theys is a respected journalist known for his balanced and thoughtful reporting in the Belgian media landscape.

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