2017 UK election - updates

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British PM's top aides quit after election disaster

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:29 PM

Senior members of the ruling Conservative party have reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to stay on after losing her parliamentary majority

ELECTIONS. In this file photo British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, southwest of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:01 PM

We will fulfill the promise of Brexit May says after meeting Queen Elizabeth II to seek permission to form a new government despite losing her majority in a snap general election

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

EU sees Brexit talks delay after vote shock

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Brussels had set June 19 as the start date for talks but a series of key figures said that was now in doubt after Prime Minister Theresa May s gamble to increase her majority failed

DIVORCING SOON. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017.  Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Theresa May: Steady leader who gambled and lost

Jun 09, 2017 - 2:40 PM

May s astute political instincts served her well in running the country but the election campaign exposed her awkward public manner to the country at large

WALKING OUT? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a polling station after casting her ballot paper in Sonning, west of London, on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Pound dives as Britain thrown into chaos by shock vote

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The pound dived from 1 2959 to 1 2695 minutes after exit polls indicated the Conservatives were going to lose their majority

PROJECTION, PROJECTION. An exit poll predicting that the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn will win 266 seats in the British general election is projected onto BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, in London, on June 8, 2015, after the polls closed. Paul Ellis/AFP

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Corbyn calls for PM May to quit after election losses

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED Corbyn: May has lost Conservative seats lost votes lost support and lost confidence I would have thought that s enough to go

AT THE POLLS. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves a polling station after casting his vote in north London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Battle for British votes wraps up ahead of voting day

Jun 08, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Security incidents have left forecasters struggling on the eve of voting to predict an outcome

WHO WILL LEAD BRITAIN? Britain's Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) on May 10, 2017 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) on May 19, 2017. Dan Kitwood AND Lindsey Parnaby/Files/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

3rd London attacker named amid anger over security flaws

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:35 AM

3rd UPDATE Twelve people arrested as part of the investigation have since been released without charge

TRIBUTES. A man stands near flowers layed at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017, after a vigil to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed 7  people on June 3. Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

May woos Brexit voters but manifesto row hits support

Jun 02, 2017 - 11:14 AM

With one week to go until the June 8 vote the Conservative leader headed to northeast England to remind voters of her pitch to be the best person to lead the country out of the European Union

'BEST DEAL' Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an election campaign event at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on June 1, 2017. Stefan Wermuth/Pool/AFP

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:53 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May boycotted a primetime television debate just days before the June 8 general election

FACE OFF. (L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain and broadcast live from Senate House in Cambridge on May 31, 2017, ahead of the upcoming general election. Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

Battle buses play driving role in British election

May 31, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The battle bus is a curious British electioneering staple that emerged in the late 1970s and has somehow kept on the road in the digital age

BATTLE BUSES. This combination of file pictures shows (Clockwise From Top L), Prime Minister Theresa May boarding the Conservative party's bus at an airfield north of Newcastle, May 12; Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waving to supporters as he climbs back onto the Labour bus in Southall, west London, May 18; UKIP leader Paul Nuttall (L) and the party's candidate for the Clacton constituency, Peter Oakley (2L), exiting the party's bus in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, May 20; and Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron greeting supporters at the start of his bus tour, in Kingston, south west London, May 1. Pool and AFP photos

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in TV grilling

May 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Ten days before the snap polls on June 8 the two rivals separately faced wide ranging questions from members of the public before interrogations by veteran bulldog broadcaster Jeremy Paxman

ENTER STAGE. British Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in the 'May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10,' Sky News and Channel 4 event in at Sky Studios in London, on May 29, 2017. Stefan Rosseau/Pool/AFP

Gulf in living standards at heart of UK election battle

May 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Flat wages and the government s austerity program continue to bite and cause anger among those left behind

A television screen showing coverage of the 2017 UK general election is pictured inside the Conservative Party campaign bus on the motorway near London on May 15, 2017. Justi Tallis/Pool/AFP

UK Labour's election manifesto and Brexit plan leaked

May 11, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Among the pledges which are yet to be signed off the party says it will guarantee a meaningful vote on the final Brexit agreement and rules out leaving the European Union without a deal

CAMPAIGN STOP. Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters at general election campaign visit in York, northern England, on May 10, 2017. Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

Blair announces return to British politics to fight Brexit

May 01, 2017 - 11:05 AM

He says he wants to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union

BLAIR IS BACK. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in St Paul, Minnesota, July 17, 2016. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation/AFP