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Poll ‘mess’: British PM May apologises

Prime News, International, London, June 13:- British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives’ disastrous performance in last week’s election as she faced her party’s angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

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

May’s Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in Parliament in Thursday’s snap vote, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week and prompting calls — from within her own party — for her resignation.

But one MP present at the meeting said there was no discussion of a leadership contest, adding “she’s won, she’s got to be prime minister”. The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged almost two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to Parliament.

May vowed to stay on despite the poor results, and on Sunday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time on Monday. Foreign minister Boris Johnson, who was reported by British media to be lining up a leadership bid, insisted May should stay.

–(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

 

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