London - Theresa May’s decision to call early UK elections seemed a safe bet as recently as two weeks ago. It now looks like the move could backfire on the famously risk-averse premier.
Polls show Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party eating into May's lead of some 100-plus parliamentary seats. The prime minister has asked voters for a stronger mandate to bolster her hand in Brexit negotiations, but she could see her majority cut from 17 to just 12 lawmakers in the 650-seat chamber, according to a Bloomberg indicator.
There’s not much doubt May will still win on June 8. But her hesitant performances and a rapid retreat from plans to cut benefits for wealthy retirees have sown doubts among senior members of her own party. They worry that her touch has deserted her as she prepares to steer Britain into the most important negotiations in 40 years.