Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in British election, exit polls show


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted "I can still be prime minister" as he vowed to fight Theresa May's attempt to run a minority government "all the way".

Three days on from a general election that shook British politics to its core, the Prime Minister remains in hiding while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is still saying that he could form a government. Except that she had not been honest about a snap election until the very last possible moment. She called the early election with her party comfortably ahead in the polls in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union. But having a look at the numbers, there isn't a clear idea as to how we would form a minority government with Labour leading.

A confidence and supply deal would mean the DUP backing the government on its budget and confidence motions, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.

It was unlikely that talks were continuing as the DUP does not work or negotiate on Sundays for religious reasons, but officials from both sides are due to meet on Monday.

The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the United States and takes a hardline stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion.

A "confidence and supply arrangement" is a far looser deal than a formal coalition or pact. In addition, the DUP also expect concessions from Conservatives on its own policies. We've only just scratched the surface here.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

The new government could make a deal that encourages more immigration from Commonwealth countries - places that some see as "somewhat British" and "less hostile" than other nations, according to Foster.

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Corbyn could have entered 10 Downing Street by blocking May if he won seven more seats, which would have held 321 seats of a coalition of Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party (SNP), Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and one independent MP in the House of Commons.

It might feel like an affront to democracy, but the truth is that the prime minister is still the leader of Britain's largest political party, and she has found an ideological ally willing to back her.

She told Sky News: "Things have changed since then".

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans, adding: "Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed". "You can see the contrast between the campaign we had in the [EU] referendum and the campaign we've had now".

Without a majority, she could be forced to seek consensus on the approach she takes, potentially by performing a U-turn on single market membership and protecting the economy at the expense of new immigration controls. Even Tony Blair did not increase Labour's vote share by this amount in his 1997 landslide victory (and Labour enjoyed considerably more press support during the 1997 election).

May will also now have to take into account the wishes of her DUP ally, an unapologetically right-wing Christian party with anti-EU tendencies but a desire to see European Union money continue flowing to Northern Ireland.

Reports in the Mail on Sunday suggested the foreign secretary was already positioning himself as the successor to May; but he tweeted that the story was "tripe".

At the start of the campaign, the foreign secretary, who pulled out of the Conservative leadership race previous year as his bid was stymied by Michael Gove, made few media appearances, with the message focused entirely on May's "strong and stable" message.