"So when the result came through it was a complete shock".
British Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed she shed a "little tear" when she heard the exit poll indicating that her gamble to call a snap election had backfired in spectacular fashion.
"In advance of the campaign she said she wanted to have an [election] to strengthen her mandate for Brexit and that didn't happen and what we now have is people are confused, anxious and nervous that the Prime Minister of whom they have no trust".
Asked about the criticism she faced for failing to acknowledge her lost majority in a speech in Downing Street the following day, she said: "At that point in time I felt what was important was giving people the confidence of knowing there was going to be a government".
"Theresa May told BBC Radio 5 Live that she was "devastated" when she was told of the news, which she did not watch first hand due to her superstition about things like that". "It took a few minutes to sink in...we didn't see the result coming". "My husband gave me a hug".
In a message directed at the other political parties at Westminster, May said when she commissioned the report into working practices she led a majority government in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister said she knew her election campaign had not been flawless, but all the indications were that she would increase her Commons majority.
"We didn't see the result that came coming", she told the BBC.
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.
She said: "Going through that night I was seeing really good colleagues who I'd worked with, who were losing their seats". "As prime minister I want to get on with that job of changing people's lives for the better".
Mrs May said the Conservatives should have offered voters a more positive message during the campaign, but added she did not regret holding an early election because it was "the right thing to do at the time". "But there's also a responsibility for the future, for the country, and that was about ensuring the country had a government".
Bur she denied being out of touch in not realising the campaign was not going well.