Conservatives Lose Majority in British Election

Theresa May’s gamble backfires.

  • 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.