Theresa May said she shed a 'little tear' after the election result

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the opposition to come forward with their views about how Britain can tackle the serious challenges facing the country but the appeal was swiftly rejected by the Labour party. Mr Jeremy Corbyn,

The exit poll figures came as quite a shock to the once-confident PM.

In her first major broadcast interview since the shock general election result, where the Conservatives lost thirteen seats, the prime minister said: "We didn't see the result that came coming".

May, who at the time commanded only a slim majority in parliament, said she chose to call the snap election in order to secure a strong mandate from the British public for her approach to Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Emma Barnett's full interview with Theresa May can be heard on the BBC 5 Live website.

"It took a few minutes for it to sink in", she said, adding that he gave her a hug and she shed "a little tear.at that moment".

"I think she stated on seven occasions she wouldn't call for a snap general election a proceeded to do so".

"I knew the campaign wasn't going perfectly, but still the messages we were getting. were that we were going to get a better result than we did", she said. During the #Brexit campaign, she sensibly kept a low profile keeping Eurosceptics within the party on her side.

"What I am focusing on now, is over the next few years making sure that we do the Brexit negotiations we make a success of it but also that we open up those other opportunities", May said.

'No, I didn't consider stepping down because I felt there was a responsibility there to ensure that the country still had a government'.

"I saw a Jeremy Corbyn there who was a good constituency MP, working with those people", she said.

Mrs May said there should have been a more positive message during the campaign but she did not regret calling the election because it was "the right thing to do at the time".

"We were the biggest party - we won more votes than the Labour party, more seats than the Labour party - we were the only party able to form a government, and I felt it was our responsibility to do that".

Bur she denied being out of touch in not realising the campaign was not going well.

When asked about her informal coalition with the DUP - a controversial party who have infamously condemned gay marriage and abortion - May said: "One of the important things with that deal, was that we were very clear that the Conservative party was not going to row back at all in anything we've done on the equalities agenda".

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