Theresa May admits to shedding a "little tear" at exit poll

Marcus Newton
July 15, 2017

"My husband watched it for me and came and told me and I was shocked at the result that had come through in the exit poll".

In an interview the Sun, the Prime Minister revealed that she never considered resigning the leadership after the general election result.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is expected to strengthen the position of the conservatives, but the opposite happened.

May, who at the time commanded only a slim majority in parliament, said she chose 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.

May told BBC radio she felt "devastated" when the results came in, revealing she had lost her parliamentary majority, despite her call on Britons to give her a strong mandate to negotiate Britain's exit from the European Union.

According to the head of the British government, she took as much as a few minutes to realize the news. "My husband gave me a hug", she added.

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Mrs May admitted she was "devastated" by the outcome of the June 8 vote and admitted it had come as a "complete shock".

In the BBC interview released Thursday, May said that although she was aware the campaign was not "going perfectly", she said messages being passed on to her suggested "we were going to get a better result than we did". We didn't see that result coming. Since she saw a flawed campaign where her authority diminished.

Mrs May said it was "distressing" to see good colleagues losing their seats.

However the prime minister did say that the Conservatives "weren't doing enough to get that [their message] across". "But there's also a responsibility for the future, for the country, and that was about ensuring the country had a government".

"I don't regret calling it, I think it was the right thing to do at the time. I'd called it because of concerns about how we were going to go forwards, particularly on Brexit".

When asked about her informal coalition with the DUP - a controversial party who have infamously condemned gay marriage and abortion - May said: "One of the important things with that deal, was that we were very clear that the Conservative party was not going to row back at all in anything we've done on the equalities agenda".

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