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"My husband watched it for me and came and told me, and I was shocked at the result that came through in the exit poll".

A year to the day after she took office replacing David Cameron, who stepped down following his disastrous gamble on the Brexit vote, Theresa May admitted in a radio interview that she shed a tear when she was told about the loss of the Conservative majority in the #Exit Polls after the recent election.

May faced calls to quit from inside and outside her ruling Conservative Party after losing its majority in an election she did not need to call and which plunged Britain into the worst political instability for decades.

In her most honest interview yet about the election campaign, May told the that the news came as a complete shock and that she had not seen it coming when husband Philip May broke the news to her on election night. "My husband gave me a hug".

She continued: "I felt, I suppose, devastated really".

Her campaign was "not flawless", May said, but she expected her party to increase its majority.

When asked if she was devastated enough to shed a tear, Mrs May replied: 'Yes, a little tear ... at that moment'.

She added: "At this critical time in our history, we can either be timid or we can be bold".

May during the campaign emphasised her "strong and stable leadership" as Britain headed into Brexit, but she was accused of a robotic performance, relying too much on soundbites. "As prime minister I want to get on with that job of changing people's lives for the better".

Speaking one year after she became the party leader, the prime minister said although she recognised her campaign had not gone well feedback had indicated the party would do better.

"I called the election, I led the campaign and I take responsibility for what happened".

"No, I didn't consider stepping down because I felt there was a responsibility there to ensure that the country still had a government".

She added: "People can smell blood and that is exactly what is going on in the corridors of power so to speak. I don't think many people in the Labour party saw it coming".

May said: "One of the important things with that deal, was that we were very clear that the Conservative party was not going to row back at all in anything we've done on the equalities agenda".