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theresa may's election gamble backfires. we have a hung parliament, as the conservatives fail to keep enough seats to form a majority. mrs may is forced to form a government with the help of northern ireland's dup but insists she'll stay on as pm. i have just been to see the her majesty the queen and i will now form a government, a government that can provide certainty, and lead britain forward at this critical time for our country. mrs may apologised to those tory candidates who lost their seats and said she wanted to reflect on how to take the party forward. labour celebrate dramatic gains. still fewer seats than the tories butjeremy corbyn says his party exceeded all expectations. incredible result for the labour party, because people voted for hope. young people and old people all came together yesterday, very high turnout, huge increase in the labour vote. so with one result left to be
declared, the conservatives have 318 seats, labour are on 261. that means the ten seats won by the dup are crucial. they agree to help theresa may form a government — but at what price? the prime minister has spoken with me this morning, and we will enter discussions with the conservatives, to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation. the snp remain the largest party in scotland but with big losses. former party leader alex salmond loses his seat. ukip are wiped off the map. they fail to win a single seat and the party leader quits. the election was called to strengthen the prime minister's hand over brexit, so where does this leave the negotiations now? we'll bring you more on that and all the latest from downing street on this most unexpected of election results. much more news and analysis
throughout the day. reaction from around the uk, europe and the rest of the world, and we will be covering live events as they happen. good evening and welcome to the bbc‘s news at six here in downing street. yet again, an unexpected election result and a massive political upset — perhaps we should be getting used to it. we have a hung parliament with no party winning enough won seats for a majority. this was the election theresa may called to strengthen her hand as prime minister in the brexit negotiations. instead her position is critically weakened — she lost seats and has had to strike a deal with northern ireland's democratic unionist party
to enable the conservatives to form a government. labour made dramatic gains — not enough to oust the conservatives but they surpassed all expectations at the beginning of the campaign. so here are the final results. with all but one seat declared, the tories have 318 seats, eight short of a majority. labour has 261 mps, the snp 35, the liberal democrats 12 and the dup ten. far from increasing their number of mps, the tories lost 12 seats. labour gained 29, while the snp saw their number of mps go down by 21. she is still prime minister and still the resident of the building behind me — but many are asking for how long? this afternoon mrs may apologised to those tory candidates who lost their seats and said she wanted to reflect on how to take the party forward. we'll bring you all the details and big moments of last night, the story from right around the uk — and the implications for both brexit and scottish independence. but first, here's our political editor laura kuenssberg
on a night, and day, of drama. her report contains flash photography. is this strong and stable, prime minister? she who dares does not always win. the most votes, the most seats, but under this stinging glare, no iron gates, nor police protection can shield theresa may from the accusation she looks a political loser. the trappings of power, the visit to the palace. help from northern irish mps means she can gather enough support to stay on. but having believed herself to be on the brink of a sizeable majority, going backwards seems like defeat. i have just been to see her majesty the queen, and i will now form a government. a government that can provide certainty and lead britain forward at this critical time for our country.
this government will guide the country through the crucial brexit talks that begin injust ten days. not a single mention of the result. what the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the conservative and unionist party have the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the house of commons. this will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful brexit deal that works for everyone in this country. securing a new partnership with the eu which guarantees our long—term prosperity. that's what people voted for last june. that's what we will deliver. now let's get to work. so theresa may walks back
into number 10 still prime minister, but damaged, diminished, a smallerfigure. jeremy corbyn is not the victor. labour lost as badly as they did in 2010. but, he looks it. behind by more than 60 seats, but so much further on than anyone had expected. many young voters‘ dreams, the tories‘ nightmare. incredible result for the labour party, because people voted for hope. young people and old people all came together yesterday, very high turnout with huge increase in the labour vote. they did it because they want to see things done differently and more hope in their lives. coffee for tory staffers this morning instead of
celebratory champagne. the loss of so many seats burst their balloons. are you stepping down, mrs may? traditional election rules showed few clues to theresa may's retreat. does your party need a new leader? should it be you? by morning, words in the wind of minister's who might think of their own manoeuvres. because what was surprise at the start... and what we are saying is that the conservatives are the largest party. note they do not have an overall majority at this stage. gradually, seat after seat was glorious shock for labour. loss after loss for the conservatives. no obvious pattern or geography to start with. cheering but a hung parliament... # we'll keep the red flag flying # with no overall winner becoming clear.
cheering we cannot see any way at all that the conservatives can get to the 326 mark, and we think it is pretty clear that there is going to be a hung parliament. was he grabbing a victory of sorts? well, over the sceptics in his party... politics isn't going back into the box where it was before. what had seemed her unassailable lead at the start just melted away. personal as well as political loss. written all over her face. as we ran this campaign, we set out to consider the issues that are the key priorities for the british people. the tories care about winning. it wasn't long for the first call for her to go. she's a very talented woman. she does not shy from difficult decisions, but she now has to, obviously, consider her position. but no others publiclyjoined.
discipline, perhaps, orsome cheer from tories big wins in scotland. a separate campaign fought with 13 seats one. levels of support not seen for years. the tories and labour in scotland dragged the snp down from their high point. the bubble pricked, even for alex salmond. other parties took heavy fire. the liberal democrats adding seats, but losing their biggest household name. perhaps loved and loathed? paul andrew nuttall, ukip. .. and in reverse, another ukip leader took his leave... no party, though, can govern alone. meet the ten strong democratic unionist party, northern irish mps who will prop theresa may up. the prime minister has spoken with me this morning. we will enter discussions with the conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation. others, though, calling for her to go...
we will work with others, if it is at all possible, to keep the tories out of government. she put her party before her country. she has been found out. she should be ashamed. it is an act the westminster circus did not expect. i think labour mps have been shocked by how well we have done. a lot of them recognise thatjeremy is here and will take us into the next election. they will start to work with him. i think we witnessed a political earthquake. i am going to be the first, or second, or third person to say that jeremy has had a character explosion. you must accept though that a hung parliament makes the government less stable? i accept that this is not the result we wanted. it is not a great result. it should not be sugar—coated as one. but the options, once the people have decided at the ballot box, this is the clear one that gives the country certainty.
but only late this afternoon did the prime minister acknowledge that anything had gone wrong. i wanted to achieve a larger majority. but that was not the result that we secured. and i am sorry for all of those candidates and hard—working party workers who were not successful. she won more votes, more seats. she keeps this address. but her gamble failed. the electorate can damn with faint praise. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, downing street. when the prime minister called the election she had a majority but wanted to increase it saying britain needed strong and stable leadership heading into the brexit negotiations. she took a risk and just seven weeks ago, it seemed almost certain to pay off. but how different it all looks today. she has lost 12 seats and with it her parliamentary majority. our deputy political editor john pienaar looks at how theresa may's gamble failed. who expected to hear or tell this
tale today? the story of a leader and her party that felt unstoppable, at times seemed lost, then ended up mocked by enemies and seen by the rest as having gone from strong and sta ble to wea ken rest as having gone from strong and stable to weaken wobbly. theresa may, top of her party but no longer in charge. there had been a turning point. it was awful. the campaign was going swimmingly well until we launched our own manifesto and did the triple assault on our core vote, the triple assault on our core vote, the elderly. mrs may never looked like stumbling at the start. it was all about her, britain's most trusted leader, most of all by older voters. we will deliver for britain. but a new social care policy left thousands, including natural conservative supporters, fearing theirfamily homes conservative supporters, fearing their family homes might conservative supporters, fearing theirfamily homes might go conservative supporters, fearing their family homes might go to conservative supporters, fearing theirfamily homes might go to pay ca re theirfamily homes might go to pay care bills theirfamily homes might go to pay ca re bills after theirfamily homes might go to pay care bills after they had gone. that forced a u—turn, a u—turn she unconvincingly tried to deny.
nothing has changed. nothing has changed. we are offering a long—term solution for the sustainability of social care for the future. but no one really believed it. are you embarrassed by this u—turn, prime minister? tory poll rating suffered. furious tories blamed her advisers, and theresa may's way of relying on them, fiona hill and and theresa may's way of relying on them, fiona hilland nick timoney, who is said to have come up with the vote loser of a planned. will he last? through the campaign, tv and radio appearances were dominated by a handful of trust administers, one in particular, who was sent to debate when her boss said no. theresa may may not be here but i hope to make a good fist of it. today, the focus is on tories who wa nt today, the focus is on tories who want more of a roll and more powerful the cabinet as a whole.
life is not going to be easy in future. would a bit more cabinet discussion help? there have been a lot of complaints, a lot of feeling that things have been decided by a small group of people, ministers have not been consulted. i think the prime minister would be wise to pay attention to this feeling that ministers need to be included in all decisions. you know, any decision that affects their department, it is they are not consulted. theresa may bosz and credit with voters seemed to fade the longer the campaign went on. once, when she was defending tory spending plans. in the labour party manifesto, we know the figures don't add up. what is important... what about your own figures? let the prime minister answer. two terrorist attacks made this an election like no other. mrs may claimed to be the leader to keep them safe but was challenged time and again about
police cuts. austerity was costing them support. jeremy corbyn tapped into the feeling of anti—austerities in the country and i picked that up on the doorstep. people were tiring of austerity and wanted something different. it is too late for theresa may to correct the failures of her campaign but there is time to pay the price, as she plans a parliamentary programme knowing that any thing that upsets mps risks a humiliating defeat. she had hoped to win freedom on brexit but the danger 110w win freedom on brexit but the danger now is that her hands may be tied. the prime minister's big gamble failed. today, she has spoken of five more years in office but when you are under this kind of pressure, time can fly quickly between one crisis and the next. labour are celebrating a better than expected election, confounding the gloomy predictions at the start of the campaign and gaining 29 seats. labour leaderjeremy corbyn called it an ‘incredible result‘. our correspondent vicki young looks at where and how those labour gains were achieved. # oh, jeremy corbyn!
it wasn‘t victory, but to jeremy corbyn and his most ardent fans, it felt almost as sweet. many had written him off. instead, he delivered labour‘s largest increase in the share of the vote since the war. his team say he offered voters hope, a positive vision. they want — jeremy‘s slogan when he stood as leader — straight—talking, honest politics. that‘s what they want, they want someone to come forward and say, this is what i believe in, this is what i want to implement and this is what i‘m going to do. and they support that type of politics. it was exactly what these huge, enthusiastic crowds wanted. all over the country, mr corbyn took his message. our manifesto offers something very, very different. he promised higher pay, more free childcare, to scrap tuition fees, paid for by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. and when the results rolled in, it seemed that younger voters were behind the labour surge. the university city of canterbury,
a seat which had been held by the conservatives for 100 years, now labour. some think their success stemmed from videos on social media, which had tens of millions of views and shares. i think a lot of young people, as well, don't necessarily read all the newspapers that were kind of doing their smear campaign againstjeremy corbyn, so i think people underestimated actually how effective sharing stories and photographs, how effective that was going to be. i pay the university fees, and for people it is just so refreshing to see somebody stick to his word. what do you think about his image and the campaign he ran? i think he did well. i mean, he did turn up to all the debates and stuff. theresa may didn‘t. ijust think that people are quite interested in his kind of antiestablishment rhetoric and how he has kind of always sat on the backbenches and just been fighting for small people, for the little man, for 35 years. insiders here at labour hq say this
result was absolutely a victory forjeremy corbyn. they say he enthused voters, especially the young, by offering clear, popular policies. the question now is whether labour mps will finally accept his leadership. last year, mr corbyn was challenged for the top job. today, his former rival was eating humble pie. well, i was clearly wrong in feeling that jeremy wouldn‘t be able to do this well, and i think he has proved me wrong and lots of people wrong, and i take my hat off. i don‘t know whatjeremy‘s got, but if we could bottle it and drink it, we‘d all be doing very well. others praise mr corbyn‘s performance but point out that power is still some way off. we can win over former conservative voters, but we need to understand why, despite the fact that they often identify with our values, they didn't vote for us this time. and so, that's not a negative process, it's a positive process, building on the leap forward that we had at this general election. labour has now lost three general elections in a row. we arejust
we are just walking down the street to our home now. thank you, everybody, so much for coming. but the infighting of the past two years is forgotten, for now. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. halifax was a key marginal constituency in this election, a labour seat with a majority of just 428. it was high up the tory target list and theresa may launched her manifesto there. but last night, voters returned labour‘s candidate to parliament, with a majority of more than 5,000. our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to voters about the issues that mattered for them. there was trouble at the mill for theresa may. dean clough mill in halifax was where she came to unveil her manifesto last month. jordan and derrin work for a business in the now converted factory. jordan became a labour convert. originally i was going to vote for conservative, like i did in 2010. i did change my mind
probably about half way through this campaign, and that was just because the amount of times theresa may has changed her mind on certain things, her own policies, it‘s not someone who i wanted negotiating brexit. and traditional labour voters here didn‘t desert the party. she was saying she was offering strong and stable leadership, but she didn't turn up for debates, which i didn't think was... it's like a job interview, really, a debate. launching the manifesto, halifax looked eminently winnable. the plan was it would be a symbol of tory inroads in yorkshire. let us all go forward together. the room looks a little different now from when theresa may was here to launch her manifesto. but three long weeks later, so does her position. that manifesto with the so—called dementia tax served only to help alienate some of the people who were thinking about switching to the tories.
looking around the mill‘s gallery, sefora was put off by the prime minister‘s plans to cut school lunches and by one of her rare tv grillings. i was influenced by the question time debate, in which one of the nurses had asked theresa may a question regarding the pay rise that hasn‘t happened. and theresa may to that question responded saying that we have no money, and there is no money tree, so nothing can happen. even those who voted tory thought mrs may‘s campaign wasn‘t heading in the right direction. she could have followed jeremy corbyn's lead and stood outside and talked to everybody. i think she would have gained more respect than. some tactical voting helped labour, as did a ukip vote that didn‘t go all the tory‘s way. we didn't see itjust automatically going to the conservatives yesterday. a much more mixed picture, i think we did ourselves proud. people coming back to us. the conservatives brought the manifesto to halifax, but the town read it and said no. lucy manning, bbc news, halifax.
our political editor laura kuenssberg joins me now in downing street. laura, this is not what we were expecting to be talking about today. where does this leave theresa may, with her own mps and she has to take into account the dup as well? yes, she is very vulnerable, no question. she may have the biggest number of seats and the biggest number of votes but her expectations, she underperformed so much that it seems she is the real loser here. there is period among some mps about the m ista kes period among some mps about the mistakes they believe led them to this place in a poorly led campaign —— fury. while she managed to get people to rally around her today, propped up by ten northern ireland mps, she may only be able to hang on for a matter of months. it is a question of her being very brittle ina question of her being very brittle in a volatile situation. the point is, the timing of her departure feels like it may not be up to her.
it is likely political disaster of this campaign leaves her standing on a trapdoor and she cannot be sure at all when it will suddenly open underneath her. and labour? they have not won, they are acting as though they have because they have games they did not expect. jeremy corbyn spoke of labour forming a minority government but thatis forming a minority government but that is not realistic? it does not seem that way at the moment, theresa may did the formalities, going to the palace to meet the queen and said she would form a government. it does not feel like we are in that territory but it is a total contrast at the start of this campaign, jeremy corbyn‘s internal critics in the labour party were pretty sure that this would be a complete disaster. late in the day yesterday people were saying to me, we are being battered outside of london. it is going to be awful. yet, he finds himself with dozens of seats. labour lost as badly last night as they did in 2010 and i think when jeremy corbyn gets back to his day
job, we will see whether his strength as a campaigner translates into a more effective opposition. but you have to say that his performance was excellent compared to expectations, and he is absolutely safe. law, we will come back to you later on. thank you very much. —— laura northern ireland is now centre stage and the democratic unionist mps are the kingmakers. their support is crucial for the conservatives in government. the dup won ten of northern ireland‘s 18 seats. sinn fein gained three and now have seven. the nationalist sdlp and the ulster unionist party lost all their mps. our ireland correspondent chris buckler is at stormont for us this evening. all eyes on the dup now. the question is what will they want in return for their support? well, the dup is a socially conservative party, on issues like abortion and same—sex marriage but they agreed with the conservative party on an awful lot. they will wa nt to party on an awful lot. they will want to exploit their unexpected influence and ask for money for northern ireland‘s economy and a say
in brexit. this is the only part of the uk to share a land border with another eu country but being the king deal—makers at westminster could worsen relationships here at stormont. northern ireland is already in the middle of a known political crisis... if last night‘s count revealed any winner, it was the democratic unionist party. the dup now hold more than half of northern ireland‘s seats at westminster. ten mps would not normally make much difference in a parliament of 650 people, but arlene foster‘s party could offer theresa may what she wanted most from this election, some stability, although it is likely that that will come at a price. we want to see a recognition of the particular circumstances of northern ireland, our history and geography. we have always said we want the best deal for northern ireland and that is what we will be pushing for. the democratic unionist party
was founded by hardline protestant preacher, ian paisley. we say never. never. decades on, those religious roots still matter and so does being british. they campaign for the uk to leave the eu, but with concerns about what will happen here at the irish border, they want to have influence in the brexit talks, and to avoid what has been called a hard border. although with concerns about trade, customs and immigration, no one is completely sure whether these roads can remain totally open. sinn fein made a point of fighting both the dup and the conservatives during this election campaign. but they are not part of the westminster picture. they refused to take those seats in the british parliament, actually reducing the number mrs may needs for a majority. remember, history will show alliances between ulster unionism and british unionism has always ended in tears. what might bring stability to westminster could end up causing
real problems here at stormont. power—sharing collapsed at the start of this year and talks to try to restore it have been organised by theresa may‘s government. but if they are being propped up by the dup, it is difficult to see how sinn fein can accept them as honest brokers in the negotiations. as tony blair‘s chief of staff, jonathan powell helped negotiate the talks that led to the good friday agreement. if the dup decide to pull the plug, this government is out the door immediately. so no one is going to believe the british government is neutral and being fair in those circumstances. arlene foster and theresa may both have much to gain from this friendship, but it is likely to be tested. chris buckler, bbc news, belfast. in scotland it was a bad night for the snp, the party lost a third of its seats. they‘ve ended up with 35 seats, the tories have 13, labour seven and the lib dems four. the snp losses claimed some high profile scalps.
the party‘s former leader and scottish first minister, alex salmond, lost his seat to the tories as did the party‘s leader at westminster, angus robertson. our scotland editor sarah smith now on the picture in scotland and how the result may affect the snp‘s pledge to hold a second independence referendum. her report contains some flash photography. struggling to put on a brave face today, nicola sturgeon knows her demand for another scottish referendum hasjust been rejected by scotland‘s voters. in scotland, the snp won this election. we have more seats than all of the other parties combined. however, it is an inescapable fact that we also suffered some bitterly disappointing losses last night. do you accept this result means there will not be a second referendum on independence any time soon? undoubtedly, the issue of an independence referendum was a factor in this election result but i think there were other factors as well.
so i will reflect on that and come to considered judgments. as i say, i will say more about that in days to come. this is where, just three months ago, nicola sturgeon confidently demanded the right to have another referendum on scottish independence. that now looks like a significant mistake. she admits it is one reason why her party suffered significant losses, and now there seems almost no chance she will get that independence vote. douglas ross, scottish conservative and unionist... seeing the snp‘s westminster leader, angus robertson, unseated, was one of the night‘s more dramatic moments. significant tory gains across scotland, 12 new seats, have helped keep theresa may in downing street tonight, and they are convinced it was their promise to block another referendum that created those victories. nobody, not me, not anyone, is expecting the snp to give up on independence. that is what it believes, and it is a perfectly honourable position to take. but what people do expect
is that right now the snp gives scotland a break. simply put, scotland has had its fill. scottish labour are also claiming victory of a sort. now with seven mps, up from just one, they are back from the brink of extinction, saved by a corbyn surge, despite the scottish leadership‘s opposition to him. the success of our results as a combined message of being a pro union party, talking up the benefits of the united kingdom but also showing how we can do things differently, how to reject austerity and build a better future for the many. the lib dems got their scottish tally up to four, also by opposing another referendum. glasgow, last weekend, saw a huge pro—independence march. passionate yes voters, convinced independence is practically inevitable.