Election leaves Britain with hung parliament

Election leaves Britain with hung parliament
Fri Jun 9, 2017 11:18:06

Theresa May has lost her parliamentary majority after calling an election to strengthen it. Despite gains in Scotland, the Conservatives now need the support of a second party to form a coalition or support a minority government. Labour are on course to increase their seat tally by at least 30, but things are so finely poised that even with the support of the SNP and the Lib Dems, Jeremy Corbyn would not be able to command a majority.

The Conservatives are predicted to end the night with 318 seats, Labour with 261, the SNP with 35 and the Lib Dems with 13. Parties require 326 seats to command a majority.

Prime Minister Theresa May's party may now have to depend on Northern Irish Unionist support to maintain its position in office.