Theresa May at the polling station yesterday.

08-06-2017FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

As of 5am UK time, the Conservative Party appears set to fall short of a majority following an election campaign described by one Conservative MP, Anna Soubry, as "dreadful".

Needing 326 seats for a majority, the Tories are forecast to end with 318, thirteen fewer than in 2015. They currently have 279, a loss of eleven, while Labour have gained 29 seats to be on 241.

After securing her Maidenhead seat, Theresa May said: "As we look ahead and wait to see what the final results will be, I know - as I say - the country needs a period of stability, and whatever the results are the Conservative Party will ensure we fulfil our duty in ensuring that stability so that we can all, as one country, go forward together."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has meanwhile called on May to resign. "If there is a message from tonight's results, it's this: the prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence."

Notable casualties include two former party leaders - Alex Salmond of the SNP and the Lib Dem Nick Clegg have both lost their seats. The SNP are on track to lose 22 seats.

Brexit negotiations, due to start in under two weeks, are now being thrown into confusion. Among observations on this, Adrian Wooldridge, political editor of The Economist, has tweeted: "I can't see how the Conservatives can govern when they are so profoundly divided over Brexit. They are, in themselves, a coalition of chaos."

Theresa May, with mounting pressure for her to step down, has gone to Buckingham Palace to seek leave to form a government with the DUP.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 4 years

You have to be totally desperate to get into bed with the group of extreme intellectual retards DUP.

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Richard Pearson / Hace over 4 years

You may have forgotten that she hadn´t won the previous election, Cameron did, and he had to form a coalition to GAIN power.

You may also have conveniently chosen to not take into account that she won the largest percentage of votes since the early 80´s.

And who, may I ask, has Rajoy formed a coalition with ?. Answer: nobody.

Mean while in Mallorca, the 3 losing left wing parties formed a coalition to get into the hot seat, and Palma´s next left wing Lord Mayor only won 17% of the votes.

And of course the sore, left wing losers are going to sign a petition. It´s the only way they think they could, wait for it, form a coalition with all the other parties to have the slightest chance of moving into Number 10.

I am surprised only 300.000 have signed as they can do it from their front room. If they had to get out of bed and go somewhere to sign, I doubt if it would be 30.000

We all saw the same when Trump won. He´s not my president, it´s not fair, and other such childish responses to a democratic vote that didn´t go you way.

Please grow up, you can ahve another go in 5 years time.

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Geoff Dominy / Hace over 4 years

Ms May has pulled a page from the Mariano Rajoy 'Guide to Staying in Power'......'Jump into bed any whoever will allow you to cling onto power'. Incredible and now over 300,000 have signed a petition against the coalition. Tough times ahead for Ms May, tough times indeed!

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Elizabeth Windsor / Hace over 4 years

The other lot are even worse.

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

Now she is desperate to cling to power but her days are now clearly numbered,the problem is that the barrel was already being scrapped and the rest of them are even bigger duffers than May,God help us all.

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Austin Morgan / Hace over 4 years

I predicted this and ask yourself why because simply the British public will not be hoodwinked so they have rattled the cage with their vote and not sure how much longer TM can walk on water, have a good day and weekend cos interesting times ahead

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