DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

Kristopher Drake
June 13, 2017

A party spokesman confirmed Hill had also resigned. It would mean the DUP backing the Government on its Budget and prevent it being brought down by motions of no confidence, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward", it said, referring to May's Conservative Party and the DUP.

"I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy program".

"The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour", Timothy wrote on the ConservativeHome website.

The Conservatives finished the election with 318 seats, eight short of the 326 needed for a majority, and the party is now dependent on the 10 DUP MPs to ensure legislation can be passed through a hostile House of Commons.

Labour won 262 seats on Thursday, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament.

"However, the Conservative Party's reduced share of the vote may indicate a higher likelihood that a "softer" form of Brexit might now be pursued, involving compromises with the European Union that Ms". With talks in Brussels just seven days away, it is clear that the plan for a hard Brexit, in which the United Kingdom severs all ties with the European Union, including free market membership, is now in doubt.

Mrs May has said she intends to stay as prime minister and is seeking support for the Democratic Unionists to form a government.

"Imagine she survives until autumn of next year", he said. "May sought a mandate". "May's departure from Downing St.is remorseless".

The resignations of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill, on whom Ms May has been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Conservative Party HQ in Westminster London as her future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired
Theresa May leaves Conservative Party HQ in Westminster

Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon as the in-charge of the ministry of defence.

As the Conservative leadership begins formal negotiations with the DUP, disquiet is being expressed in some quarters about the move.

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. Nick Clegg, the party's former leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, lost his seat, while the party's leader Tim Farron held on with a narrow majority.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

"It may not be on the Monday because we also have got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that, and so on", he told Sky News.

But he slammed May's style of governance as tone deaf to her own Cabinet ministers and MPs, whom he said were better in touch with voters on the ground. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

May's only hope of forming a government now is to win support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats.

The Leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn listens to a speech on the first day of the Labour Party conference, in Liverpool, Britain, September 25, 2016.

Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland", said the MP, who is a lesbian.


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