Credibility on the line for May in UK polls

PM Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip to vote in Sonning, Britain June 8, 2017.
PM Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip to vote in Sonning, Britain June 8, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

As ballot-counting got under way in Britain, the question on most people's minds was not who will form the next government, but rather how big a mandate Prime Minister Theresa May would get.

Britain is expected to continue to be run by a Conservative government, but Mrs May's credibility is on the line and the size of her party's majority will be indicative of whether she did right by making the campaign about her and her "strong and stable leadership".

There are 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs, and a party wishing to form a majority will need to win 326 seats. The Conservatives had 330 seats in the previous Parliament.

Security at polling stations yesterday had been tightened considerably in the wake of last Saturday's terrorist attack in London.

There is also interest on who might make the cut for Mrs May's new Cabinet.

Brexit negotiations with Brussels will start in 10 days, and there will be urgency in making that the next priority, even if the country is still dealing with the aftermath of two terrorist attacks that happened two weeks apart.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2017, with the headline 'Credibility on the line for May in UK polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe