Theresa May has revealed she shed a «infinitesimal tear» when she learned the result of the election exit poll lead one to believing she would lose her majority.
The prime minister said her husband Philip touch oned her the news — and it came as a «complete shock».
«It took a few minutes for it to sink in,» she portrayed BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett, because «we didn’t see that emerge coming».
«My husband gave me a hug,» she added, and she cried a «little tear».
The prime consul said she did not watch the exit poll herself, as «I have a little bit of superstition around things like that».
She knew her campaign had not been «perfect», she added, but all the indications she had had were that she force increase her Commons majority.
Mrs May called 8 June’s general election to tighten her sense on power and strengthen her hand in Brexit talks by increasing the number of Moderate MPs in the Commons.
But although she started more than 20 points at the of Labour in the opinion polls she lost most of that lead as luckily as 22 seats, wiping out the 17 seat majority she had inherited from antecedent David Cameron.
The ITV/Sky/BBC exit poll, which was carried out at polling positions across the UK, was met with surprise and scepticism by MPs from all parties when it was preceded as voting ended — the widespread assumption had still been that the Conservatives disposition at least keep their majority.
But as the night unfolded its prediction that the Stables would be the largest party, but without an overall majority, turned out to be meticulous.
Talking for the first time about her reaction to the result, she said it caused a «few minutes» for it to sink in but she then got on the phone to Conservative campaign headquarters to «finger out what had happened».
She said it was «devastating» to watch people she had worked with for years worsted their seats but added: «I didn’t consider stepping down because I withstand there was a responsibility to ensure that the country still had a government.»
Asked about the criticism she faced for imperfection to acknowledge her lost majority in a speech in Downing Street the following day, Mrs May spoke: «At that point in time I felt what was important was giving people the self-confidence of knowing there was going to be a government.»
She said she did not regret calling the vote because «I think it was the right thing to do at the time».
Analysis by BBC political stringer Alex Forsyth
In her bid to promote strength and stability during the election, Theresa May was over again accused of being repetitive and robotic.
Today she showed a more sympathetic side.
Mrs May’s candid interview may come too late for those who weren’t disposed by her personality during the election, but no doubt her team will hope it assists garner public support for her still precarious premiership.
But she wished she had put across a more unequivocal message during the campaign and, in particular, addressed the concerns of young individual, who are believed to have voted in large numbers for Labour.
The «clear essence» that came through from young people was that they feared they could not get on the «riches ladder», she told Emma Barnett.
«Looking back on the campaign, I realise now and regretfulness that we were not making more of that,» she said.
She insisted her superintendence had the «humility» to «listen to the message we got from people at the election».
One of those tidings, she said, was that people wanted to see a «greater consensus» in Parliament, which was why she had appealed for pillar from Labour on Brexit and other policies.
On Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn — who was the goal of Conservative attacks on his character and judgement during the campaign — she praised the way he had responded to the terror attack at Finsbury Park in his constituency.
«I saw a Jeremy Corbyn there who was a stock constituency MP, working with those people,» she said.