UK PM Theresa May says her party will provide stability despite election upset

Britain's Conservative Party fails to beat Labour in the north-east English seat of Darlington, an area that backed Brexit and a key target for the party that hoped to pick-up votes from UKIP.
British PM Theresa May waits for the result of the vote in her constituency at the count centre in Maidenhead on June 9, 2017.
British PM Theresa May waits for the result of the vote in her constituency at the count centre in Maidenhead on June 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday (June 9) her Conservatives would ensure much-needed “stability” for Britain as the party reeled from a string of losses from Thursday’s general election.

Britain needed a period of stability and that she would take responsibility for delivering it if she won the most seats, said Mrs May at the count in Maidenhead where she had just been re-elected in the country's general election.

“At this time, more than anything else this country needs a period of stability,” she said.

“If, as the indications have shown, and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do."

She said her priorities remained the same: getting the Brexit deal right and doing what is best for the country.

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