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British PM Theresa May apologises to own MPs for ‘election mess’

“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out,” Theresa May told Conservatives MPs in Westminster.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Updated:13 Jun 2017, 9:14 AM IST]
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Photo: AP Theresa May after attending a cabinet meet at 10 Downing Street

Taking the responsibility for the Conservatives’ disastrous performance in last week’s general election, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday offered an apology to the angry MPs of her Party.

“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out,” Theresa May told Conservative MPs in Westminster.

May is reportedly facing demands for her resignation after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday’s snap vote.

The demand has gained ground because the election results have created political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week. 

However, one MP present at the Westminster meeting said there was no discussion of a leadership contest.

“she’s won, she’s got to be prime minister, ” he said.

After deciding to stay on as British PM despite the disastrous election results, Theresa May on Monday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time in the day.

Even Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Minister, who was reportedly one of the main contenders for PM post, insisted May should stay.

“The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery—and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work,” he wrote in The Sun tabloid.

Theresa May’s Conservative Party fell eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority. The Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats. Their tally is 13 less than  the seats they had won during last election. 

 

The Conservatives, led by Theresa May, are now in talks with Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to forge an informal alliance.

 

DUP has won 10 seats in these elections.

(With agency inputs)

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