Face of the day

Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to hold on to her job after British voters dealt her a punishing blow, denying her the stronger mandate she had sought to conduct Brexit talks, and instead weakening her party’s grip on power.

With no clear winner emerging from Thursday’s election, a wounded May signalled she would fight on, despite losing her majority in the House of Commons. Her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn said she should step down.

With 646 out of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 315 seats, and were therefore no longer able to reach the 326-mark needed to command a parliamentary majority. Labour had won 261 seats.

With talks of unprecedented complexity on Britain’s departure from the European Union due to start in just 10 days’ time, it was unclear who would form the next government and what the fundamental direction of Brexit would be.

-NZ Herald