Some of us stayed up all night to witness the results as they came in from all over the country, and this time the pollsters got it right.
Theresa May called the election because she wanted a larger majority so that she'd have "better bargaining power" in talks with the other heads of state in negotiations to split from the EU ('Brexit'). At the time, all the indications were that she'd get what she wanted, judging from the opinion polls. Fast Forward 7 weeks or so, and the election result has turned that majority into a minority: She gambled and failed.
Before the election, her party's majority was +6 (331 seats in total).
The election has now resulted in her party having 318 seats (-8 seats required for a majority). ||numbers updated 09 June 2017 to include all 650 final results
In order to reach the magic number of 326 seats, she needs to form a coalition with another party. I gather this will be with the DUP (Democratic Union Party), who are unique to Northern Ireland. The DUP won 10 seats, so when added to 318 would bring the total to 328 (+3 majority). Sinn Fein are the other main party in Northern Ireland but they refuse to take their seats and pledge allegiance to The Queen.
So what went wrong ?
Voters were turned off her on issues like Social care; the fallout from the recent Terror attacks; her refusal to take part in a live TV debate with the other parties; not to mention Brexit for example.
[Pic: Upper Left Theresa May (318 seats); Centre Big Ben; Upper Right Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the
Labour party (262 seats)]
[Pic: Upper Left David Cameron (UK Prime Minister 2010-2016, now retired from politics); Upper
Right Nick Clegg, (UK Deputy Prime Minister 2010-2015 and elected Lib Dem representative -
defeated in June 2017 election)]