Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
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Theresa May says she shed a 'little tear' over election exit poll

Theresa May says she shed a 'little tear' over election exit poll

The exit poll put the Conservatives on 314 seats to Labour's 266, while the SNP were predicted to drop to 34 seats and the Lib Dems gain enough to finish on 14.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed she shed a "little tear" when she heard the exit poll indicating that her gamble to call a snap election had backfired in spectacular fashion.

Theresa May "shed a tear" when she saw the exit poll on general election night, the Prime Minister has said.

May, who at the time commanded only a slim majority in parliament, said she made a decision to call the snap election in order to secure a strong mandate from the British public for her approach to Brexit negotiations with the EU.

"It took a few minutes for it to sink in..." My husband gave me a hug, and then I got on the phone to the Conservative party to find out what had happened.

"I think she stated on seven occasions she wouldn't call for a snap general election a proceeded to do so".

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"It is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that has ever passed through Parliament and is a major milestone in the process of our withdrawal from the European Union", Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement The publication of the bill is the first step in a long legislative process, with no formal debate in parliament expected on Thursday. "I still see there is a lot that we need to do", she said. May started the campaign six weeks before voting day, holding a 20-point lead over her main rival, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

She said: "Going through that night I was seeing really good colleagues who I'd worked with, who were losing their seats".

She added: "People can smell blood and that is exactly what is going on in the corridors of power so to speak".

"The reality I now face as prime minister is rather different", said May, adding: "It will be even more important to make the case for our policies and our values, and to win the battle of ideas both in parliament as well as in the country".

"Looking back on the campaign, I realise now and regret that we were not making more of that", she said.

She has also attracted criticism for striking a deal with the right wing Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in order to prop up her government and ensure a slim governing majority.

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