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General election delivers a hung Parliament

POSTED ON 09 JUNE 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to gain a majority in the general election which saw its highest turnout of voters in 25 years.

May had backtracked on an earlier pledge not to call a general election before 2020, with a view held by many that, the reason she did, was to cause upset within the Labour party.

However, May failed to gain the majority she had hoped for, with the Conservatives being set to win 319 seats against Labour’s 261. The results mean that the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to win votes in the new House of Commons.

Despite this lack of majority, May has announced that she will attempt to create a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party – Ireland’s largest unionist party – to create a minority government.

Although the DUP only have ten MPs, if they choose to vote with the Conservatives, then the government will be able to get its business through Parliament. Conditions of the partnership will become clearer in the coming days when both sides will be keen to negotiate on their terms. “I will now form a government,” May said. “A government that can provide certainty, and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.”

But the Conservatives were not the only party experiencing a blow in the election results. UKIP failed to win any seats, leading to its leader, Paul Nuttall, resigning.

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