Jeremy Corbyn has stated that British politics have changed drastically and called on conservative Prime-Minister Theresa May to resign after the results of the recent general election have left the UK with a hung parliament with 11 days to go until Brexit negotiations begin.
The Guardian - 9 June 2017
Speaking as he was returned as MP for Islington North, the Labour leader declared: “Politics has changed.
Politics isn’t going back into the box where it was before. What’s happened is people have said they’ve had quite enough of austerity politics.”
Corbyn said May had called the election to assert her authority. “She wanted a mandate.
Well, the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go.”
The Conservative leader appeared crushed as she accepted her victory in the constituency of Maidenhead with a shaky speech in which she repeated her resolve to provide the stability the country needed before Brexit talks.
“If the Conservative party has won the most seats and most votes then it will be incumbent that we will have that period of stability and that is what we will do,” she said, but her long-term future remained uncertain.
By the early hours of Friday morning, pressure was mounting on the prime minister as Tory MP Anna Soubry broke ranks to say May should “consider her position”.
“It is bad. She is in a very difficult place … It was a dreadful night. I’ve lost some excellent and remarkable friends,” she said.
“This is a very bad moment for the Conservative party and we need to take stock and our leader needs to take stock.”
Senior Conservative sources said recriminations were already beginning among cabinet ministers, with David Davis singled out by some of his colleagues for pressing May to gamble on holding the snap poll.
“There are a lot of very very pissed off people in the cabinet – and with him in particular,” said one.