Corbyn: UK election results proof May should resign

Corbyn: UK election results proof May should resign
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Thursday that results from the United Kingdom's election are evidence British Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayThe top political books of 2021 Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief defends Milley after Trump book criticism | Addresses critical race theory | Top general says Taliban has 'strategic momentum' in war Will Ocasio-Cortez challenge Biden or Harris in 2024? MORE should step down.

“The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate,” Corbyn said, according to The Guardian. 

“Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative [Party] seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go, actually.”


Corbyn added that Thursday’s results show “politics has changed” in the U.K. and voters there are “turning their backs on austerity.”

Exit poll figures from the BBC suggested May’s Conservative Party would lose seats as a result of Thursday’s election, indicating the U.K. may be heading for a hung parliament.

The Conservatives had 330 seats in parliament before the snap election, compared to 229 for Labour, with a party needing 326 for a majority.

Exit polls as of late Thursday night show the Conservatives losing 10 seats, and the Labour Party gaining 22 seats.

The Liberal Democrats rank third with a gain of four seats, while the Scottish National Party lost 14 seats and the Democratic Unionist Party grabbed two.

Election poll results are historically inaccurate in the U.K., and The Guardian noted poll results from the BBC and ITN are often off by double digits in terms of how many seats each party gains or loses.

May was hoping to bolster the Conservative Party’s ranks before beginning the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.