Prime Minister Theresa May and her conservatives looks set to become the largest party without holding onto its absolute majority in Thursday’s snap election, according to the first exit polls.
Results suggest the Conservatives will win the election without securing an absolute majority. The party will lose 16 seats, from 330 to 314, according to a BBC exit poll. The Labour Party gains 34 seats to a total of 266.
May called the election April 18 after a meeting with her cabinet. The prime minister said the country needed stability and strong leadership following the referendum to leave the European Union. (RELATED: Theresa May Calls General Election To Secure Brexit)
“It is with strong conviction that I believe it is necessary to secure a strong and stable leadership this country needs,” May said. “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
May held onto a 29-point lead at the time, which shrunk to single digits within a matter of weeks. The conservatives took hit since announcing cuts for senior citizens May 18 in its election manifesto.
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