Theresa May 'sorry' for Tory MPs who lost their seats

Toni Houston
June 12, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on Friday after one of the most dramatic reversals in recent British political history, as a shock election result saw her lose her parliamentary majority in an election she had been predicated to easily win.

"The country needs a period of stability and whatever the results are the Conservative Party will ensure we fulfil our duty in ensuring that stability so that we can all, as one country, go forward together", she said.

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve. But May soldiered on Friday, re-appointing senior ministers to her Cabinet and holding talks with a small Northern Irish party about shoring up her minority government. It is unlikely to involve the DUP taking up any ministerial roles, and does not commit either party to a set programme of policies.

What happens next? Who forms the government? Before the election, the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229.

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister.

The Conservatives won the most seats, but lost the overall majority - and that's all that counts in British politics. A surprise resurgence by the Labour Party gave the main opposition party 261 seats, followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.

"And I'm sorry for all those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful, but also particularly sorry for those colleagues who were MPs and ministers who contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and didn't deserve to lose their seats".

"I don't see how she can be a strong and credible figure now to lead these negotiations", he said.

Without such a majority, the government can not be assured of passing legislation and often has to rely on the support of other parties.

"It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", George Osborne, a former Conservative chancellor, tells the BBC. "Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party's manifesto was full of promises".

Confident of securing a sweeping victory, May had called the snap election to strengthen her hand in the European Union divorce talks.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. "We have more in common with them than we do the other parties".

It added that "the logic leading to Mrs".

The veteran U.S. socialist said he was "delighted" after Corbyn's Labour exceeded all expectations in the vote, securing its highest number of seats in years.

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

So who exactly are the DUP?

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

"I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality". "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

"Since 1990, the British government has been neutral in Northern Ireland, backing neither the unionists nor the nationalists", Powell, who was also former Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief of staff writes.

Meanwhile the supposed loser, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, savoured a surprisingly strong result and basked in the adulation of an energized, youthful base.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of 52 percent of the public and take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to secure the full support of her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure.

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.

"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.

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