Theresa May: I did shed a tear over election result
Jul 15 2017
In her first extended interview since the election, to mark her first year in No 10, Mrs May said that she was "devastated" by the result on June 8 and that it had come as...
British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed she shed a "little tear" when she heard the exit poll indicating that her gamble to call a snap election had backfired in spectacular fashion.
May's grasp on the prime ministership has been shaky since a poor showing in last month's general election, with the Conservatives losing their majority in parliament.
May has faced calls to quit from inside and outside her ruling Conservative Party after it lost its majority in an election she did not need to call, and which plunged Britain into its worst political instability for decades.
'It took a few minutes for it to sort of sink in, what that was telling me. "My husband gave me a hug", she added, before revealing she shed a "little tear".
"As the campaign was going on I realised that everything wasn't going perfectly, but throughout the whole campaign the expectation still was that the result was going to be a different one, a better one for us, than it was", she said.
"When it came to the actual result there were a lot of people within the party who had been very close to the campaign who were genuinely shocked by the result as it came through", she said. You are a human being, you have been through that experience, I was there as leader of the party and Prime Minister and I had a responsibility then to, as we went through the night, to determine what we were going to do the next morning.
She said: "There is a job to be done here, over the next few years". During the #Brexit campaign, she sensibly kept a low profile keeping Eurosceptics within the party on her side.
However the prime minister did say that the Conservatives "weren't doing enough to get that [their message] across". "I called the election campaign and I led the campaign and I take responsibility for it".
She added: "People can smell blood and that is exactly what is going on in the corridors of power so to speak".
"We didn't see it coming".
Asked whether she was a feminist, May said she was, as she believed it was "important women have equal opportunities".
She has also attracted criticism for striking a deal with the right wing Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in order to prop up her government and ensure a slim governing majority.