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General election 2017: Brexit dominated voters' thoughts

It’s no secret that Theresa May lost her majority in June’s election and that Jeremy Corbyn won more seats than expected. But what was really behind the decisions made by the UK’s voters? For the past three years the British Election Study has followed a panel of the same 30,000 voters – asking them hundreds of questions about their political views and choices on 13 occasions. It offers the most detailed look at the issues which most concerned the electorate – and the results are now in. It really was ...

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Tim Farron: I decided to quit before general election

Media playback is unsupported on your device Outgoing Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has revealed he decided to quit several weeks before the general election but did not announce his decision publicly. Mr Farron said he had put the decision “to bed” about two weeks into the campaign, and denied deceiving voters by continuing to fight the election. “I absolutely threw everything at it,” he said. He announced his departure six days after polling day, saying he was “torn” between the leadership and his faith. The Tim Farron story Farron ...

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Theresa May 'shed a tear' at election exit poll

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has revealed she shed a “little tear” when she learned the result of the election exit poll suggesting she would lose her majority. The prime minister said her husband Philip told her the news – and it came as a “complete shock”. “It took a few minutes for it to sink in,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett, because “we didn’t see that result coming”. “My husband gave me a hug,” she added, and she cried a “little tear”. ...

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G20: Trump and Putin debate US election hack at first meeting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have discussed the alleged Russian hacking of last year’s US presidential election during their first meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the exchanges as “robust”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump had accepted Mr Putin’s assertions that his country was not responsible. But Mr Tillerson said it was not clear whether the two countries would ever come to an agreement on what happened. “I think the president is rightly focused on how do we ...

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General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May is likely to face questions about the Conservatives’ election campaign when she meets the party’s backbenchers later. The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the Democratic Unionists. Mrs May hopes to strike a deal with the DUP to support her minority government. The meeting comes after she finalised her cabinet, with Michael Gove returning as environment secretary. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the meeting with the ...

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France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls closed, projections showed La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) set to win more than 400 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. Mr Macron’s party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no political experience. The second round of the vote is held next Sunday. Forecasts by two polling organisations gave LREM well over 30% of first round ...

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General election 2017: Theresa May is a dead woman walking, says Osborne

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May is “a dead woman walking” who will inevitably face a leadership challenge, former Tory Chancellor George Osborne has said. Mr Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, said Tory MPs were “furious” that Mrs May had not acknowledged their losses in the general election. But defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the prime minister was changing her leadership style. He said: “There is no other party that has any legitimacy or credibility.” ‘Death row’ Speaking on the Andrew Marr ...

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U.K. election fallout; Verizon/Yahoo deal; Uber crisis; Rate hike?

What the UK election means for the economy 1. U.K. election fallout: All eyes will be on Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to cobble together a new government after last week’s election shocker. May wants to strike a deal with a tiny Northern Ireland party, the Democratic Unionist Party, after losing a conservative majority in Parliament. The Democratic Unionist Party holds 10 seats that could make or break her coalition. Whether or not May can create a new government will have a big impact on how the Brexit ...

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General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would only apply to “big issues” like the economy and security, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said talks were seeking an agreement – which would not be a formal coalition – to keep a minority Tory government in power. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Sir Michael also distanced himself from the DUP’s conservative stance on social issues. “It doesn’t mean we now agree with all their views,” he said. Overnight there was confusion ...

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Election 2017: DUP agrees 'confidence' deal with Tories

The Democratic Unionist Party have agreed in principle a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government, it has been announced. Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election, while the DUP won 10 seats. Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson went to Belfast on Saturday for talks with the Northern Irish party. Downing Street said the details of the outline deal would be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday. Any agreement would come into force when Parliament returns next week. A ...

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