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Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 UK General Election - Theresa May to forge 'government of certainty' with DUP backing Friday June 09,2017

  • The Conservatives have lost their Commons majority - the Tories are now the largest party in a hung Parliament
  • The Conservatives plus 10 DUP MPs may have 329 seats - more than the other parties put together.
  • There are 261 seats for Labour - up 29 seats; 35 seats for the SNP, a loss of 21 seats; the Lib Dems are up four to 12 seats; Plaid Cymru on four seats; the Greens on one, and none for UKIP
  • Voter turnout is up by 2% to 69% - the highest since 1997. The vote share is Conservative 42%, Labour 40%, Lib Dems 7%, UKIP 2% and the Greens 2%.

Theresa May has said she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists that can provide "certainty" for the future.
Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern after winning the most seats and votes.
She said she would join with "friends and allies" in the DUP to take forward Brexit, saying: "Let's get to work".
The Tories are eight seats short of the 326 needed to command a majority.

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