UK election: Hung parliament projected in shock defeat for Conservatives
An exit poll projected a hung parliament following Britain's general election Thursday, in what would be a crippling political defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government.
The exit poll, commissioned by the U.K.'s three main broadcasters and released after the polls closed at 10 p.m., projected the Tories to hold 314 seats, down 16 from their total at the end of the last Parliament. The Labour Party was forecast to gain 37 seats for a total of 266, the Scottish National Party was projected to lose 20 seats for a total of 34, and the center-left Liberal Democrats were projected to have 14 seats, up five from the last Parliament.
Ed Note: Mayis having trouble hanging on because she is a globalist. She opposed Brexit. She has been soft on terrorists and militant Islam. People are fed up with the lies and deceipt of the "establishment" politicians. They prefer the lies of oiberals - they feel better about those lies.
Officially, a party needs to win 326 seats to gain a majority in the 650-member House of Commons. However, the actual magic number is closer to 323. The Speaker does not vote and members from Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party which won four seats in the last general election in 2015, do not appear at Westminster.
Though the Conservatives would remain the largest single party, the projected result puts Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn -- long thought unelectable even by members of his own party -- tantalizingly close to the threshold of Number 10 Downing Street and opens the way for him to form a minority governing coalition with the Scottish nationalists and the Liberal Democrats.
For May, the projected result could lead to the end of her tenure as Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader and spark a bitter round of finger-pointing over how an election many thought unlosable was lost.
The 60-year-old May, who took over as premier after David Cameron's resignation following the outcome of last June's 'Brexit' referendum, had called the election three years ahead of schedule. She had envisioned the vote as a referendum on her government's ability to negotiate Britain's departure from the European Union.
In late April, the Conservatives had led Labour by 21 points in an average of the major national polls, and May was considered the greatly preferred choice for prime minister over Corbyn, a 68-year-old socialist who has opposed British military interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and has fought tougher anti-terrorism laws for decades. A stalwart of Labour's far-left, Corbyn also shared platforms with Irish republicans in the years when the IRA was setting off bombs in Britain.
However, the tenor of the campaign changed after two Islamist terror attacks in a 12-day span killed 29 people and injured hundreds more. The attacks brought renewed and harsher scrutiny to May's six-year tenure as Home Secretary, Britain's top law enforcement official.
In the wake of the May 22 suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the June 3 van attack on London Bridge in the heart of the capital, Corbyn slammed May for overseeing massive cuts to police forces as part of larger spending reductions under the Cameron premiership.
"You cannot protect the public on the cheap," Corbyn said over the weekend. "The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts."
In response, May insisted that her government had "protected the counterterrorism policing budget," increased the number of armed police officers after several years when it fell, and funded the intelligence services to hire 1,900 more staff.
She also vowed to crack down on terrorism suspects, adding that "if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it."
The terror attacks were not the only reason May lost ground in the polls. The prime minister's campaigning style was criticized as stiff and lackluster, and some Conservative policy proposals got a hostile reception, including a plan to make pensioners pay for more of their care.
Corbyn, meanwhile, revealed himself to be an unexpectedly savvy campaigner and unveiled several promises that proved popular with the public, including nationalizing the rail system and raising taxes on the rich.