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UK election: Britain goes to the polls  
By James Masters and James Griffiths, CNN

After one of the most tumultuous years in British political history, polls have opened in the country's general election.Less than a year since Britain voted to leave the European Union and just 11 days before the start of negotiations over the terms of that departure begins, the snap election was called by British Prime Minister Theresa May with a focus on securing a mandate to take into Brexit talks.   CLICK HERE  

Theresa May arrives at Buckingham Palace for Queen’s permission to form government with DUP    
By Nicole Morley 

The PM set off from 10 Downing Street with husband Philip to make the short journey to the palace in a chauffeur driven Government car. The move came after it was made clear that Mrs May has no intention of standing down as Conservative leader, despite calls from among her own MPs for her to consider her position.  It is thought that she is hopeful of striking some sort of deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to allow Tories to continue in government despite failing to achieve an absolute majority in the House of Commons.   CLICK HERE  

Now Theresa is more popular than Maggie! New poll reveals May gets the highest score EVER on who is best for No 10 beating both Thatcher and Blair​​
By Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Theresa May has been backed as the best person to be Prime Minister by 61 per cent of voters, outscoring the highest recorded ratings of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.  Mr Blair secured a score of 52 per cent at his highest point and Mrs Thatcher managed 48 per cent in the Ipsos Mori survey.  Each leaders was tested against their opponents of the day. While Mrs May has the highest personal score on the test, Mr Blair held a bigger lead over William Hague.    This poll shows Mrs May crushing her rival Jeremy Corbyn by 38 points after he was backed for No 10 by just 23 per cent of people.  The new poll, for today's Evening Standard, showed the Conservative Party was on 49 per cent and Labour 26 per cent.


How will the general election result affect Brexit?
By Emily Allen             

The general election result has plunged Britain into political chaos just 10 days before the government was due to begin the all-important Brexit negotiations.   With a hung parliament after a dramatic night resulted in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party losing its majority in the House of Commons, the nation now faces a minority government.

Mrs May will now team up Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which will narrowly give her the numbers she needs to pass legislation in the Commons, but it's clear a significant period of political instability lies ahead.  So how will this impact Brexit, membership of the single market and free movement?   

General election polls 2017: Final tracker and odds
Ashley Kirk

The final general election 2017 polls - all published before polling booths opened at 7am today - have given a last minute boost to the Conservatives, after a Labour surge that saw the gap close dramatically.  Even YouGov, who have tended to estimate higher Labour support than most pollsters, recorded a three point drop for Jeremy Corbyn's party in their final poll.  The campaign has been marked by two terror attacks at London Bridge and Manchester, but neither even seems to have had an impact on the polling.    CLICK HERE  

Jeremy Corbyn Poses a Potent Threat to Western Security
By Con Coughlin         

By far the most likely casualty of a Corbyn government would be the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, where there is a strong likelihood that other member states of the alliance will be deeply reluctant to share highly sensitive material with a British prime minister who has spent his entire political career openly associating with regimes and groups that are utterly hostile to the West and its allies.   CLICK HERE  

'Bravo, Boris on U.K. election win!"
By Lee Cohen   (Lee is the New York Director of TAS)      


We dodged a bullet Thursday night. While we slept, our staunchest ally chose between two paths that couldn’t be more divergent — between capitalism and Marxism, between the people vs. the elite, between self-determination and self-conscious stagnation. One thing is certain, Britain needed to move on. And our destiny and the global order is affected by this choice. We can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Bravo, Boris!

World order is more assured with the election of Boris Johnson, who has the mandate of his people to, in his campaign battle cry, “Get Brexit Done!” Beyond that, however, Britain, our closest ally, will be on course to be its own master once again. But even more significantly, America will have a partner who has the same goals: Prosperity, security and stability. Had Jeremy Corbyn ended up in Downing Street, there would have been cause for mourning.   

Election polls UK: latest opinion polls show Conservatives in two point lead
Lord Ashcroft poll gives a two point lead for Tories but YouGov and Populus polling and predictions for May 5 show both parties neck-and-neck  

By Michael Wilkinson

May 5, 2015 
 The Conservatives have a two point lead over Labour in the latest Lord Ashcroft poll but the two parties are neck-and-neck in YouGov and Populus polls.  Lord Ashcroft's national poll shows the Conservatives down four points but still leading Labour who are unchanged:    CLICK HERE