May to form government with DUP backing

May to form government with DUP backing

May to form government with DUP backing

Newspapers said foreign minister Boris Johnson and other leading party members were weighing leadership challenges.

But Mr Corbyn said: "I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".

"So a fascinating time - Theresa May staring down the camera lens and telling the country: 'I am still in charge'". "Let's get on with the job".

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

With one seat left to declare, the Tories are eight seats short of the 326 figure needed to command a majority and must relay on the DUP to continue to rule. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262.

Apart from the defeat of the Conservatives, the important trend is the rise of the Labour party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, who is sure that soon May will be replaced and the Labour party will prevail. More u-turns followed. And two horrifying terror attacks, in London and Manchester, exposed more Conservative weaknesses, as it became clear that the party cut police force numbers even while being warned that this could have an impact on security. Meanwhile, her party manifesto contained surprising social care reforms that would mean those receiving home care would have to pay for it, with the value of their homes included in their assets.

Former minister Anna Soubry called on Mrs May to sack her joint chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, after she complained about their central roles in the campaign. "When you're doing that going into Brexit negotiations - some of the most brutal, arduous negotiations this country has ever faced - you don't have a chance going up against it without really a strong majority". "But at the same time, she's very, very weak".

"We are ready to do everything we can to put our programme into operation; there isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost".

May announced the party would try to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties. "We know when they must end", he said, referring to the March 2019 deadline.

Liberal Democrats were celebrating the return of former ministers Sir Vince Cable, Sir Ed Davey and Jo Swinson two years after they lost their parliamentary seats.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

The DUP is a socially conservative party that opposes abortion and gay marriage, and many of its members also are sceptical about man-made climate change and reject the theory of evolution.

There are also fears it could further destabilise the political landscape in Northern Ireland following the collapse of the power-sharing agreement earlier this year.

The single biggest issue confronting Theresa May in her in-tray.

The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal. That day, Queen Elizabeth II will appear before Parliament and give a speech setting out the new government's agenda.

Despite campaigning against Brexit, Labour has accepted the result but said it would prioritise maintaining close economic ties with the EU.

Conversely Jeremy Corbyn build a head of steam and confounded critics with huge turnouts wherever he went.

"Absolutely", 68-year-old Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror, still not giving up his dream of becoming the next British Prime Minister.

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