Published: 00:03, 09 June 2017 |
Updated: 17:36, 09 June 2017
Theresa May has vowed to remain as Prime Minster and team up with the Democratic Unionists despite her election disaster.
She has vowed to remain to provide 'certainty' during the imminent Brexit negotiations.
And leading Kent Conservatives have reacted with huge disappointment to the General Election result - but have stopped short of calling for Mrs May to resign.
The Prime Minister is under huge pressure after her gamble on calling the election to strengthen her Brexit negotiating position backfired spectacularly.
Many commentators have predicted she will not survive after failing to secure an overall majority.
And 58% of readers voting in a KentOnline poll have said she should quit.
But there have been no calls from Kent Conservatives for her to stand down yet.
Tom Tugendhat, re-elected MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: "There is no point in trying to hide it, it was unquestionably a bad night for us. It was very clear to me that you can't talk about reforming adult care in the middle of an election campaign."
But he stopped short of saying that Mrs May should quit, saying it was too early to consider the future shape of the party.
Andrew Bowles, leader of Swale Borough Council, said: "It was a calculated gamble that backfired.
She does need to reflect on what has happened but we are in a delicate position and I don't detect any real appetite for a leadership challenge with issues like security and Brexit to deal with."
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