June 5, 2017 / 11:27 AM / 6 months ago

British PM May says she does not predict election results

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to comment on Monday on how many extra seats in parliament she would need to win in order to have been justified in calling an early election.

A member of the audience watches on her smart phone as Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a campaign speech at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in central London, Britain, June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

May’s gamble on a June 8 vote, aimed at strengthening her hand in upcoming Brexit negotiations, has been thrust into doubt since opinion polls have shown her Conservative Party’s lead shortening markedly in recent weeks.

The Conservatives held a 17-seat working majority before the election. Some polls have predicted she could win the most seats at the election, but without a majority.

“Throughout my many years in politics I have always been very clear, I never set expectations of that sort and I never predict election results,” May said, when asked by Reuters how many seats she would need to win to justify her decision.

Reporting by William James, writing by Kylie MacLellan, editing by David Milliken

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