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British PM Theresa May reaches 'outline' power deal after election fiasco

11 Juin 2017

The influence which Britain's smallest province may have after the election was reinforced by the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party's pledge to maintain its policy of not taking its seats, a position that will cut the numbers needed to win a majority. That would give May and the Conservatives a working majority.

The pound plummeted as the shock figures set the scene for political turmoil at Westminster, disruption to upcoming Brexit negotiations and the possibility of a second election later in the year.

Some remembered it as the party of Ian Paisley, the firebrand Protestant cleric who once heckled the Pope himself, calling him the antichrist.

Among the victims was Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, the author of the Conservatives' widely-criticised manifesto.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

High-profile casualties of a night of shock defeats included Liberal Democrat former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, SNP former first minister Alex Salmond in Banff & Buchan and the SNP's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson in Moray.

BUSINESS leaders in the north say politicians grappling to form a functioning government in the wake of the hung Parliament general election outcome "must act responsibly" by putting the interests of the country first and showing the world that all parts of the United Kingdom are "a safe destination for business".

In a move that could jeopardise her frantic attempts to remain as Prime Minister, the DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a deal on its MPs voting with the Tories in the Commons before an agreement has been reached.

The Downing St. resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats on Thursday.

"I can understand how some people switched from supporting them three weeks ago to actually saying, if this is the way they're going to deal with these people I wouldn't be happy".

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One Conservative MP told BuzzFeed News that the British public's attitude towards LGBT rights had changed so much in recent years that any association with the DUP could be toxic and cost the party votes, even in safe Tory seats.

"She's a remarkable and very talented woman and she doesn't shy away from hard decisions, but she now has to obviously consider her position".

Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a fearless face on the disastrous results of Thursday's vote.

May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result.

Timothy, who has worked with May since she was in the Home Office, hoped MPs would get behind the Prime Minister for the good of Brexit.

Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd and David Davis are among the possible replacements, should May be forced out by her own party in the coming months.

A buoyant Jeremy Corbyn, however, says in an interview with the Sunday Mirror: 'I can still be Prime Minister.

Led by Arlene Foster, they are staunchly pro-union and pro-Brexit, making them a natural fit for a deal with the Tories.

Meanwhile, Labour, which had been written off by critics as all but unelectable, surged to 262 seats, up 29 from its tally in the 2015 election. DUP said today it would not comment on reports that it had agreed to back Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservatives in forming a government.

British PM Theresa May reaches 'outline' power deal after election fiasco