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May’s election gamble looks to have backfired spectacularly

The exit poll has her losing seats. May always vowed that she would not call this election—and will now be wishing she'd stuck to her word

By Tom Clark  

Exit poll for the 2017 general election. Photo: PA

The clock struck ten, and it became clear that Theresa May’s election gamble had misfired in spectacular fashion. And indeed, that Jeremy Corbyn—who was universally written off as leading his party to ruin—had shored his Labour party up, and maybe even made some advances.

The 10 O’Clock BBC headline is that the Conservatives have lost their majority, and that we are now in a hung parliament, the most dramatic turnaround from what was—when May first called it—an election designed to secure a…

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