Conservatives Lose Majority in British Election

Theresa May’s gamble backfires. Her Conservative Party loses its majority in Britain’s Parliament.

British party leaders Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn
British party leaders Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn (The Prime Minister’s Office/Jasn)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservatives have lost their majority in parliamentary elections, but they remain the largest party with 317 out of 650 seats.
  • They can probably stay in power with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which has ten seats.
  • Labour won 40 percent support nationwide and 261 seats, up 29.
  • The Scottish National Party has gone down from 56 to 35 seats. A second independence referendum is now unlikely.
  • The centrist Liberal Democrats gained four seats and now have twelve.