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Christian MP David Burrowes loses seat

Fri 09 Jun 2017
By Alex Williams

Christian and Conservative politician David Burrowes has failed to be re-elected as the MP for Enfield Southgate during an election which has disastrously backfired on his party's leader.

Mr Burrowes' defeat in the north London constituency comes as Theresa May's future as Prime Minister and Conservative party leader has been openly questioned, after the general election results returned a hung parliament. 

The Prime Minister is due to visit Buckingham Palace on Friday lunchtime to ask for the Queen's permission to form a government.

Tory former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after the party failed to secure an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

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When asked by Premier whether he thought the Prime Minister should resign, Christian and Conservative John Glen said: "One of the things I picked up during the campaign was that people were fed up with all these elections.

Mr Glen, who was re-elected the MP for Salisbury, said: "I think perhaps her instinct to call for stability in the short-term is right. Quite how long she chooses to remain will be a matter for her to decided."

Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

 

It is thought the Conservatives may seek to do a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to form a government. The party increased its seat count from eight to ten.

Jeffrey Donaldson, a Christian who was re-elected the DUP MP for Lagan Valley, told Premier there had not been any phone calls yet.

He said: "It's early days. Obviously, the government will want to reflect on what's happened here. We're in hung parliament territory and I do expect that there will be communications."

Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

 

With results declared from 647 of the 650 constituencies on Friday morning, the Tories had 316, Labour 261, the Scottish Nationalist Party 35 and the Liberal Democrats twelve. The result makes it impossible for the Tories to achieve an outright majority.

Christian politician Stephen Timms was re-elected as the Labour MP in East Ham in east London. "Speaking with Premier he said: I'm very pleased about the result in my constituency and results around the country.

"It's been a very remarkable night and it's very difficult now to see how Theresa May can continue as Prime Minister."

AP Photo/Frank Augstein

 

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas successfully defended her seat in Brighton Pavilion, while Ukip has yet to win a single seat and their vote share has reduced.

Among Christian members of Labour, David Lammy was re-elected at Tottenham MP while Rob Flello lost his seat of Stoke-on-Trent North.

Christians and Liberal Democrat candidate Alistair Carmichael held onto his Orkney and Shetland seat, while Greg Mulholland lost his bid to be re-elected in Leeds North West.

Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Ben Ryan from the religion and society think tank Theos told Premier where it went wrong for the Conservatives, explaining: "If you saw the campaign leaflets that came through my door, they had 'Theresa May says "back my candidate"'.

"It barely had a Conservative logo on it all and if you make the entire election about yourself you'd better make sure you win because otherwise it really does make your position look really quite weak.

"I think there'll be a lot of conservative minister who are very much breathing down her neck."

Giving his verdict on the result, Premier's political editor Martyn Eden said: "This is a disastrous result for everybody.

"It's a disaster for Theresa May personally for obvious reasons. It's a disastrous issue for the government and for the Conservative Party but it's also I think a disaster for the Labour Party. They could have won this election and they failed."

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