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Michael Gove Says Theresa May Has 'Absolute Right' To Remain Leader after Election Results

He's not convinced by the exit poll.

08/06/2017 23:19 BST | Updated 09/06/2017 10:49 BST

Michael Gove has said that Theresa May has an “absolute right” to remain as leader of the Conservative Party after a shock exit poll predicted that the Tories will fail to win a majority in the election. 

According to the BBC/Sky News/ITV poll released at 10pm, the Conservative Party will lose the slim majority it won in 2015, falling 12 seats short of the 326 needed for a majority.  The election results on Friday morning confirmed this eventuality with the pound to euro exchange rate plummeting as a result.

But speaking on ITV News, Gove predicted that the Tories will win the 326 needed for a Tory majority. 

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Michael Gove said Theresa May has an 'absolute right' to remain as leader  

“In 1992 and 2015, the exit polls predicted a hung Parliament and there was a Conservative government,” he said. 

Adding that there were “very similar figures” in 2015, Gove said that then-Tory-leader David Cameron managed to win a “healthy Conservative majority”. 

Two years ago, the exit poll predicted that the Tories would win 316 seats, with the Conservative Party then going on to win a majority of 331.  

Asked whether Theresa May should step down if the exit poll is correct, Gove continued: “The Prime Minister has an absolute right to stay in place. 

“I think at the end of the night we will have a Conservative majority.” 

At the start of the election, polls predicted that Theresa May’s party would take 46% of the vote - 21 points ahead of Labour. 

“I don’t think those initial polls were believed by many people,” Gove added.