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May’s June gamble backfires

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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s June gamble backfired with her Conservative party barely managing to retain the majority in the results of the June 8 polls.

According to latest results, the Tories are winning 318 seats while the Labour Party is at 267.

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In the outgoing House of Commons, the Conservatives held 330 seats, compared with 229 for Labour. The Scottish National Party which had 54 seats, has won 33 so far.

Prime Minister Theresa May has gone into a huddle with senior Conservatives as Britain heads for a hung parliament in snap elections called by her. Labour leader Jeremy Corby has already demanded her resignation, saying he had failed to get a bigger mandate. The Conservatives are projected to get 320 seats, much lower than their 330-seat majority in 2015.

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According to reports, Labour is doing better in areas where more than 55% voters wanted to remain in the EU.

Meanwhile, Britain has got its first female Sikh and first turban-wearing MPs with Indian-origin Labour Party candidates winning more seats than their rival Conservatives. Labour Party candidate Preet Kaur Gill won her Birmingham Edgbaston seat by polling 24,124 votes, defeating ruling Conservative party rival Caroline Squire by 6,917 votes. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, known as Tan, won his Slough seat decisively polling 34,170 votes, to become Labour’s first turban-wearing MP.

The election results make the likelihood of a hung parliament almost a certainty. With the majority set at 362, the Conservatives are unlikely to have a majority in the government. In this situation, it would fall on the Conservatives to garner support in the parliament and for a coalition with another party to secure its majority in the government.

If Theresa May cannot garner support, Jeremy Corbin and the Labour Party will have to form a coalition with a number of the smaller parties to secure the government in favour of the Labour Party.

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