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Theresa May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks

11 Juin 2017

Support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could allow her Conservatives to reach the 326 seats needed for a majority in parliament. Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the legitimacy to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority. That's what we will deliver... now let's get to work.

Davidson, who became engaged to partner, Jen Wilson, in May 2016, later told the BBC: "I was fairly straightforward with her (Theresa May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party".

May's former cabinet colleague George Osborne also could not resist a dig with a cartoon in the Evening Standard newspaper he edits which made an unflattering reference to the Orange Order, the group founded in 1795 who march the streets of Northern Ireland every year to protect Protestant interests.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to May and that they would speak further to "explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge", the BBC reported.

"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".

The smaller parties - Liberal Democrats and Democratic Unionist Party - won 12 and 10 seats respectively.

Britain has a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost their majority on an extraordinary night.

With all 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats; the Labour Party had 262 seats, followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 35.

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The party will also probably seek more guarantees for agriculture post-Brexit to assuage the concern of farmers after the current deal runs out in five years' time.

Sky's Political Editor, Faisal Islam, said: This is the most extraordinary balancing act.

So a fascinating time - Theresa May staring down the camera lens and telling the country: 'I am still in charge'.

"We are very pleased with the way in which people have reacted to the positive message of the campaign - it was about the Union, the importance of the Union, and unionists have really come out in their numbers", Foster said.

If they are going to squeeze out some concession from the Tories, is that concession going to frustrate Sinn Fein to the point where the prospect of devolution disappears and there is direct rule from Westminster again in Northern Ireland.

The Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme is due on June 19, with a highly significant vote on its content expected after a few days' debate.

"But I would like to make clear that the freaky media reports about my own role in the policy's inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project".

Theresa May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks