UK Labour Leader Corbyn: 'I Can Still Be Prime Minister'

An analysis of marginal seats in the United Kingdom general election has revealed exactly how many votes away Jeremy Corbyn was from becoming Prime Minister.

The Conservatives' losses were largely gains for the Labor opposition, which defied polls and predictions to gain 29 seats - a vindication for leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose grip on the party appears to have strengthened.

Despite May's business-as-usual tone, some senior Conservative figures were openly questioning how long she could remain as party leader.

DUP leader Arlene Foster told a news conference later that her party will begin discussions with the Tories, suggesting that the deal is not yet in the bag.

The Scottish National Party, which lost 21 of its 56 Westminster seats, also saw its vote share in Scotland plummet dramatically-from 50 to 36.9 percent.

European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the European Union is prepared to stick to the timetable that calls for negotiations to start in mid-June, but also said: "Without a government, there's no negotiation".

After a brief meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, May said Friday the new government will guide Britains exit talks from the European Union, which are set to begin in just 10 days.

May, a 60-year-old vicar's daughter, is now facing questions over her judgement in calling the election three years early and throwing away her party's slim but stable working majority of 17.

To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Labour had won 261 seats.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

Britain's election is providing another night of political shock and surprise.

Turnout among young people at the European Union referendum was initially reported at 36 per cent, but later research pegged it at 64 per cent.

After the voting, Corbyn called on May to resign. That would put off negotiations even longer.

"Rise like lions. We are many, they are few". That is simply unsustainable, said political analyst Ian Dunt, author of the book Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?

The influential ConservativeHome website, edited by former MP Paul Goodman, said the "consensus view" among Tory backbenchers and ministers is that Ms Hill and Mr Timothy "must go".

The senior Conservative source blamed the party's over-dependency on the tight messaging demanded by election guru Lynton Crosby for failing to endear Ms May to voters tired of elections and rattled by two militant attacks in as many weeks.

Among other things, Theresa May was criticised for speaking with the public, unlike Mr Corbyn.

"Overall, we believe that the election outcome will hamper Brexit negotiations and increase fiscal risks, and therefore be negative for the U.K.'s credit profile", Moody's said in a statement. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign.

"The young have a bad deal", said Ben Page, chief executive of pollster Ipsos MORI. She wanted a strong hand for a hard Brexit negotiation. "Clearly we got our product wrong which tells me that the sales team have got it wrong as well". While he was demonized by conservative newspapers, on Facebook Corbyn was trending.

The South Cambridgeshire MP told LBC: "Frankly, if a leader picks people who advise them so badly, and can not see that they are being advised so badly, then that tells me, I'm afraid, that that's not the leader that we need".

"That is always what I have tried to do in my time as a Member of Parliament".

May was criticized for making a number of U-turns on social welfare and she came under fire for a controversial proposal on who should pay for the cost of care for the elderly, a policy that became known as the "dementia tax".

It's unclear what role the attacks and their aftermath played in the election result.

That will nearly certainly be pushed back even more, as the Conservative Party now has its hands full trying to form a coalition with one or more other parties so as to remain in power.

For many British voters, the feeling after the country's third major vote in as many years was weariness.