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May: how I shed a little tear over election exit poll

By Sam Lister

Theresa May has told how she shed a "little tear" when she saw the shock exit poll on election night predicting she was about to lose her majority.

The Prime Minister's husband Philip broke the news and gave her a hug to console her, she told BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett.

Mrs May admitted she was "devastated" by the outcome of the June 8 vote and admitted it had come as a "complete shock".

In an interview to mark her first year in No.10, the PM said she had not watched the exit poll as "I have a little bit of superstition about things like that".

"When the result came through, it was a complete shock," she said.

"It took a few minutes for it to sort of sink in, what that was telling me. My husband gave me a hug."

Admitting she knew the campaign "wasn't going perfectly", the PM said she had still expected a "better" result. Asked if she was devastated enough to shed a tear, Mrs May replied: "Yes, a little tear... at that moment."

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