May defies Corbyn and critics after catastrophic election result…

“A shaky Theresa May vowed to fight on today despite suffering catastrophic losses as her election gamble humiliatingly backfired – leaving a hung parliament just 10 days before Brexit talks are due to start. As the Tories’ Commons majority was brutally stripped away by voters, Mrs May faced open calls from her own MPs to ‘consider her position’ as a jubilant Jeremy Corbyn demanded she make way for him to become PM. But an ashen-faced Mrs May, who called the contest three years early in a bid to capitalise on sky-high poll ratings, insisted the Conservatives were still the largest party with an expected 319 seats. She insisted the country needed a ‘period of stability’, adding: ‘It is incumbent on us to ensure that we have that.’ As the knives came out for Mrs May, former chancellor George Osborne lambasted her campaign performance as ‘wooden’ and her manifesto as a disaster, making clear he did not believe she could survive for long.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister won’t resign despite ‘failed gamble’ – The Independent
  • Osborne says she won’t survive – Daily Mail
  • Who could replace May as leader? Odds on Johnson slashed – Daily Telegraph
  • Former mayor ‘refuses to back’ leader – The Sun
  • Thornberry calls on the Prime Minister to resign – Daily Mail


  • How long can May carry on after this calamity? – Harry de Quetteville, Daily Telegraph
  • Britain has voted for chaos – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: ConHome snap survey. Should May stay or go?


…as knives come out for her key lieutenants

“ConservativeHome, the influential website, called for Mrs May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, to be forced out. They will be held responsible for calling the election. It will demand that cabinet government is restored while the party comes to terms with the result. Paul Goodman, the editor of ConservativeHome, wrote: “It is clear that this election has left her authority deeply wounded, perhaps fatally, even if she returns to Downing Street as prime minister later today. When she called the poll, the Tories expected a landslide. [Yesterday morning] they believed they would win emphatically.”” – The Times (£)


  • No majority after ‘pointless election’ – Daily Express
  • Government fails to reap rewards of UKIP failures – FT
  • Voters will be back at the polls within a year, warns expert – The Sun
  • Eight ‘political truths’ proven to be rubbish this election – The Independent


  • How the majority was lost – Ashley Kirk and Patrick Scott, Daily Telegraph
  • May failed to rise above the gloom – Sam Coates, The Times (£)
  • How Labour cashed in on the UKIP collapse – Amanda Devlin, The Sun


  • Failed campaign leave May humbled and her party reeling – The Times (£)


>Yesterday: Lord Ashcroft in Comment: The estimated Conservative majority grows in my final model

Corbyn secures biggest Labour vote share since Blair

“Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour was strengthened last night as election successes vindicated his Left-wing campaign. With Labour on course to secure 266 seats, Mr Corbyn called on Theresa May to resign, saying she should ‘go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country’. The result looks set to be a huge slap in the face to his Blairite critics and means the hard-Left stranglehold over the Labour Party will continue for years to come. Speaking at his Islington North constituency count this morning he shouted ‘Welcome to the Labour Parliament’, and described himself as feeling ‘wonderful’. Accepting victory after holding Islington North, Mr Corbyn said the UK could be a ‘different and fundamentally better place’.” – Daily Mail

  • ‘Gobsmacking’ gains confound critics – FT
  • Can the Opposition form a governing coalition? – Daily Telegraph
  • Shock Labour surge thanks to youth vote – Daily Mail
  • Labour MPs cheer successes in the North of England – FT
  • Barwell loses Croydon seat to the Opposition – The Independent


  • Corbyn confronted May with real ideas and she had nothing to say – Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph
  • Optimism trumped austerity – Polly Toynbee, The Guardian


Matthew Parris: May still steady the ship, then stand aside

“Both instinct and logic will impel her to the conclusion that she must stay for as long as necessary to get the ship of state on to an even keel and to prepare the way for a new leadership election, but not a moment longer than that. She will feel both exhausted and wounded but, more than that, profoundly sorry that she has failed the people and the causes that she sees herself in politics to serve. Much has been made of her rigidity and her reluctance to take decisions hastily but I have the feeling that she will not find this decision difficult. She surely knows that she must go as soon as departure would be seemly.” – The Times (£)

  • The Prime Minister has nobody to blame but herself – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
  • May’s gamble has failed and she will have to go – John Rentoul, The Independent
  • The Tory leader’s dreams lie in ashes, and her resignation seems inevitable – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • She took the electorate for granted – Rupert Myers, Daily Telegraph
  • A control freak who froze under scrutiny, May invited her destruction – Rosa Prince, Daily Telegraph
  • Deadlock is Britain’s new normal – Janan Ganesh, FT
  • Forget May’s failure, this is about Corbyn’s success – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times (£)


  • Britain is about to pay the price for this disastrous failure – The Sun
  • Put politics aside to solve the social care crisis – Daily Mail

Brexit timetable now ‘near-impossible’, EU leaders warn

“Leading figures across the EU warned that chaos in Westminster would make the Brexit negotiation timetable a near-impossible task with talks due to start in ten days. Theresa May’s political future was an open question after the exit polls, Bild, Germany’s biggest newspaper, reported while she was branded the “big loser” by a German Social Democratic Party MP. Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, blamed the “mess” in British politics on a lack of true leadership and diplomats in Brussels lamented that there could be no reliable negotiating partner across the table. The view of EU capitals was that Mrs May needed a decent majority so she could face down hardline Conservative backbenchers who would refuse to compromise on the Brexit “divorce” money and the extensive rights Brussels wanted to see for EU citizens.” – The Times (£)

  • Official warns that negotiations may be delayed – Daily Telegraph
  • Farage warns that UK faces second referendum – Daily Mail
  • Has Brexit been killed? – The Sun
  • ‘We’re still leaving’, insists Rees-Mogg – Daily Express


  • Will the DUP demand a soft Brexit? – Daily Telegraph
  • Ulster Brexiteers to resist ‘no deal’ split – Daily Express
  • Investors likely to be next to punish May – FT
  • FTSE and sterling steady despite election result – The Times (£)
  • UK businesses worried by hung parliament but hopeful for negotiations – FT
  • Clegg blames Brexit views for defeat – FT


  • Even if May resigns, the Tories’ Brexit plan won’t change – Andrew Lilico, Daily Telegraph
  • This instability will be terrible for the negotiations – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph


  • ‘Revenge of the Remainers’ as Tories fall back in London – Daily Mail


Salmond swept side by Scottish Tory surge

“Alex Salmond has been kicked out of Parliament after losing his fight to be re-elected as MP for Gordon – ending more than 30 years in frontline politics. The former SNP leader joined more than a dozen of his SNP colleagues on the sacked list this morning in a grim night for the nationalists. He called the result a ‘grievous blow’ to the party but refused to say the second independence referendum is dead. Mr Salmond was swept away by a Scottish Conservative surge that saw an historic resurgence in the Scottish borders and the north east.” – Daily Mail

  • Night of disaster for the Nationalists – The Times (£)
  • Sturgeon will ‘reflect’ on call for second referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • Scots ride to May’s rescue as Robertson loses seat – Daily Mail
  • Tories say indyref2 is ‘dead’ – The Scotsman
  • Davidson provides inspiration for the Tories’ future – FT


  • Sturgeon’s dream of Scottish independence has been dealt a fatal blow – John McTernan, Daily Telegraph
  • If I were a Tory MP, I’d be looking admiringly at Davidson – John Rentoul, The Independent

>Today: MPs Etc.: Salmond falls! Scotland’s results are the silver lining to the black Tory cloud

Clegg loses seat but Lib Dems exceed expectations

“Nick Clegg was ousted by Labour in the Sheffield Hallam seat he had held since 2005. It came after the exit poll predicted a net gain of six seats for the Liberal Democrats, raising the prospect of a parliamentary party almost twice the size it was before the election but comprising mostly new MPs. Labour’s Jared O’Mara won the seat on a 4-point swing, despite investing fewer campaigning resources than in 2015, when the party cut Mr Clegg’s majority to just 2,353 votes… Tim Farron, Mr Clegg’s successor as party leader, was in trouble in Westmorland & Lonsdale, but held on after a recount. Mr Farron was elected to the seat in 2005, and won by 8,949 votes over the Conservatives two years ago. Jo Swinson, a former Lib Dem minister and tipped as a possible future party leader, won East Dunbartonshire back from the SNP after losing it in 2015. She overturned a majority of 2,167 votes.” – The Times (£)

  • Cable back in Twickenham – FT
  • SNP fight Lib Dems off in North East Fife by two votes – The Scotsman


  • UKIP faces uncertain future as vote evaporates – Daily Mail
  • Labour and Tories feast on carcasses of the smaller parties – The Times (£)

Northern Ireland:

  • DUP and Sinn Fein make big gains in Ulster – FT
  • Rise of two-party politics as UUP and SDLP wiped out – Belfast Telegraph


  • Was this the revenge of the liberal metropolitan elite? – Laurence Dodds, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Police arrest 29-year-old in connexion with Borough Market attack – Daily Mail
  • Focus turns to East London gym with links to terror – FT
  • Saudi football team refuse to honour minute of silence for London terror victims – Daily Telegraph
  • Knife crime surges to highest level in six years – The Times (£)
  • Comey says Trump defamed the FBI – Daily Mail