Blubbing PM shed a 'tear' after squandering majority with catastrophic campaign
PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 July 2017
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It has been a very tough few months for the UK with terrorist atrocities and the horror of the Grenfell Tower.
So it is perhaps not surprising that Theresa May has admitted to shedding a tear … although it was the loss of her majority that got the PM blubbing.
May said she shed a “little tear” when she saw the shock exit poll on election night predicting she had made a catastrophic error.
The Prime Minister’s husband Philip broke the news and gave her a hug to console her, she told BBC’s Radio 5 Live.
She admitted she was “devastated” by the outcome of the June 8 vote and admitted it had come as a “complete shock”.
May has found her authority diminished since the disastrous general election she called to get a mandate for Brexit.
In an interview to mark her first year in No 10, the PM said she had not watched the exit poll as “I have a little bit of superstition about things like that”.
“We didn’t see the result that came coming,” she said. “When the result came through, it was a complete shock.
“It took a few minutes for it to sort of sink in, what that was telling me. My husband gave me a hug.”
May said it was “distressing” to see good colleagues losing their seats. Admitting she knew the campaign “wasn’t going perfectly”, the PM said she had still expected a “better” result.
When asked if she was devastated enough to shed a tear, May replied: “Yes, a little tear ... at that moment.”
May also opened up about the emotional impact of the result, but insisted she had never considered stepping down.
“I felt, I suppose, devastated really because, as I say, I knew the campaign wasn’t going perfectly but, still, the messages I was getting, people I was speaking to, but also the comments we were getting back from a lot of people that were being passed on to me were that we were going to get a better result than we did,” she said.
“You have a responsibility. You are a human being, you have been through that experience, I was there as leader of the party and Prime Minister and I had a responsibility then to, as we went through the night, to determine what we were going to do the next morning.
“No, I didn’t consider stepping down because I felt there was a responsibility there to ensure that the country still had a government.”