'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

Posted June 13, 2017

A majority is important because it theoretically allows the ruling party, the biggest, to get legislation passed. May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

"Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa May. I and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her", said defence minister Michael Fallon.

Members of her Conservative party have warned May her days are numbered after calling Thursday's vote three years early, only to lose her parliamentary majority days before talks on the UK's European Union departure were due to begin.

That leaves the Conservatives with 317 seats in Parliament out of 650, meaning they're likely to need the DUP's 10 votes to win a confidence motion. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called May a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time. May, or whoever takes her place, will find it much harder to walk away.

"I think that puts us in a fantastic position to deliver for Northern Ireland".

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Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, told the BBC she had words with May over the DUP's record on LGBT rights.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. "Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union in the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome for our citizens, businesses and countries after March 2019", said Tusk, who chairs summits of European Union leaders. She didn't get it, in fact she lost the majority that Cameron's leadership had given the Conservative Party, but stays on in power propped up by the Democratic Union Party, claiming that the party she leads in the only one that has legitimacy to govern. For an economically sane agreement - and we are talking about damage limitation here - both sides are going to have to give.

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular", she said.

After an initial round of discussions, Downing Street had said on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed with the DUP.

An online petition in objection to the Tories and DUP forming a minority government has gathered more than 300,000 signatures.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while Conservative-supporting The Sun tabloid said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

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The searches were so frantic that the DUP website crashed as the party celebrated taking 10 of Northern Ireland's 18 seats in Westminster.

Theresa May on Friday announced plans to form a minority government after Thursday's election returned a hung parliament.

The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence. Experience shows us that unionists have minimal influence on any British government.

May has said Brexit talks will begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. Voters under 30-years-old have traditionally failed to vote in the UK. Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.

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