'Dead woman walking': UK's Theresa May clings to power

'Dead woman walking': UK's Theresa May clings to power

'Dead woman walking': UK's Theresa May clings to power

May has already ruled out a major cabinet reshuffle, and most of the senior government members, such as the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, will maintain their posts.

May's focal campaign message was her "strong and stable" leadership that would take Britain through divorce proceedings with Brussels.

"I just thought what a rubbish campaign that Theresa May ran, quite honestly, I really did. Now let's get to work", she said.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

With most seats counted, it's become clear the Conservatives are unable to win the 326 seats needed for an outright majority. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, and many consider Rudd a potential Conservative leader.

But her campaign unravelled after a policy u-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen.

"I think we're in a total mess", said postman Eric Peters, 58, dashing through the city of Wakefield. The chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers Graham Brady has said the meeting is due to take place on Tuesday but could be brought forward to Monday.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

Confident of securing a sweeping victory, Mrs May had called the snap election to strengthen her hand in the European Union divorce talks, due to begin this month. Though Labour is not expected to form the next government, even through an alliance with smaller parties, the vote suggests the British warmed to the party's vision of keeping close ties with the lucrative European Union market.

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the DUP", May said as she began to formulate her new government. May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.

The Prime Minister made the announcement in Downing Street just before 12.55pm, after visiting Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen.

The DUP could agree to back the Government on the budget and any vote of confidence while deciding other measures on a vote-by-vote basis.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. One organiser led chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".

The DUP will also want legacy issues from the paramilitary conflict in Northern Ireland, like the possible prosecution of British soldiers for actions during the Troubles, left aside, and to maintain vetoes on introducing gay marriage and looser abortion laws to the province, Mr Tonge said.

"Having the only border with Europe and being in a position to provide the balance of power suddenly puts Northern Ireland in the spotlight and allows them to carry a lot of weight and our politicians are unlikely to miss the opportunity to advance the local economy in return".

The debate on the Queen's Speech usually lasts about five or six days.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.

"Labour fought an energetic, hopeful campaign,"Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips, reporting from Britain's capital, London, said."Corbyn promised an end to austerity, attracting large crowds".

"I've always voted Labour, but these past couple of times no, so I'll give Liberal Democrats a chance".

"I've never seen people more hateful in my life", he said.

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