Tories stripped of majority as May’s poll gamble backfires

Jun 09, 2017, 6:46 AM EDT
British Prime Minister Theresa May ruled out resigning at a time when the country needs stability.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call for snap election ended up as a political debacle on Friday as the U.K. voters denied Conservatives a stronger mandate, which has resulted in a hung parliament.

With results for all 643 seats declared, the Tories could secure only 313 seats, falling well short of the 326-mark they needed to command a parliamentary majority, writes Reuters.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the outcome and called on May to step down after her humiliating defeat, notes the BBC.

May, who managed to win her own parliamentary seat of Maidenhead, signaled that she would continue her term in the office at a time when the U.K. “needs a period of stability.”