Theresa May says election night made her 'shed a little tear'

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In her first extended interview since the election, to mark her first year in No 10, Mrs May said that she was "devastated" by the result on June 8 and that it had come as...

Theresa May says she shed a "little tear" when she saw the exit poll on election night that forecast her General Election gamble would backfire.

The election she called last month cost her an outright parliamentary majority and reopened the debate on the nature of Britain's European Union exit.

Mrs May has found her authority diminished since the disastrous general election she called to get a mandate for Brexit.

According to the head of the British government, she took as much as a few minutes to realize the news.

"My husband gave me a hug and then I got on the phone to CCHQ, the Conservative party, to find out what had happened".

In a message directed at the other political parties at Westminster, May said when she commissioned the report into working practices she led a majority government in the House of Commons.

Ms May said that up until the exit poll she had been told that the Conservatives were on course for a good result.

When asked if she shed a moment at this time, the Prime Minister replied: "Yes, a little tear, at that moment".

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The admission came as she marked one year exactly since she became Prime Minister.

"The reality I now face as prime minister is rather different", said May, adding: "It will be even more important to make the case for our policies and our values, and to win the battle of ideas both in parliament as well as in the country". "I'd called it because of concerns about how we were going to go forwards, particularly on Brexit".

She added: "People can smell blood and that is exactly what is going on in the corridors of power so to speak".

"It wasn't the case that there was a point in time where it was sort of, suddenly, "We've got to change direction in this campaign, or do this in the campaign rather than what we were doing previously", she said.

She has also attracted criticism for striking a deal with the right wing Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in order to prop up her government and ensure a slim governing majority.

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