UK PM May shed a 'little tear' over election failure

UK PM May shed a 'little tear' over election failure

UK PM May shed a 'little tear' over election failure

A year to the day after she took office replacing David Cameron, who stepped down following his disastrous gamble on the Brexit vote, Theresa May admitted in a radio interview that she shed a tear when she was told about the loss of the Conservative majority in the #Exit Polls after the recent election.

The prime minister said she did not watch the exit poll herself, as "I have a little bit of superstition about things like that".

Prime Minister Theresa May said she cried a "little tear" when an exit poll revealed she had failed to win an overall majority in a June 8 snap election.

Asked if she shed a tear when her husband hugged her, May replied: "Yes, a little tear, at that moment".

"It was when I heard the exit poll".

She admitted that she was "devastated" by the result. "I knew the campaign wasn't going perfectly but the messages I was getting were that we were going to get a better response than we did".

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The prime minister was "superstitious" about watching the exit poll so let her husband watch it instead, she revealed in an interview BBC's Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett.

Speaking one year after she became the party leader, she said she took "responsibility" for the result and that there was "more" she could have done to tackle the concerns of voters. "I think it was the right thing to do at the time", she said.

"And then I got on the phone to CCHQ, to the Conservative party, to find out what had happened".

"I still see there is a lot that we need to do, and as prime minister I want to get on with that job of changing people's lives for the better", she said. She was a "remain" voter stating in April 2016 that staying in the European Union " does make us more secure.prosperous.and influential beyond our shores". "So when the result came through it was a complete shock".

One of those messages, she said, was that people wanted to see a "greater consensus" in Parliament, which was why she had appealed for support from Labour on Brexit and other policies.

When challenged over the government's confidence and supply deal with the DUP, May said she was not concerned by being partners with the DUP: "We were very clear that the Conservative Party would not row back", on equality issues.

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