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DUP agrees deal to support Conservative government

12 Juin 2017

Reports had also been circulating that senior Conservative ministers in May's Cabinet had warned her that they would challenge her leadership of the party unless she became more inclusive, consulted more widely and fired Hill and Timothy.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

Despite being 64 MPs short of the number of seats needed to form a majority government, the Labour leader also told the Sunday Mirror: "I can still be Prime Minister".

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

What is Jeremy Corbyn going to do?

Meanwhile, the Labour Party started the campaign looking as if it was maybe facing some sort of existential disaster. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.

On that same day, United Kingdom and European Union officials in Brussels are due to start negotiations on Britain's exit from Europe. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

The party is seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.

How likely is it to work?

DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would meet May at Downing Street on Tuesday.

"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 said in an article published on the ConservativeHome blog. The DUP is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and once appointed an environment minister who believes human-driven climate change is a myth.

"My phone is full of texts from lots and lots of people from right across the party", he said.

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"I think everybody wants to see an agreement in the end that does respect what the British people voted for a year ago - makes sure that our cooperation with Europe continues, our trade with Europe continues, our security cooperation with Europe continues", he said.

"There are a lot of very good new people who have joined the shadow cabinet who have stuck with Jeremy Corbyn through thick and thin, very hard times and that needs to be recognized, " she told the Telegraph. "It remains to be seen what the nature of that deal is".

Davis also said walking away without securing a deal with the remaining 27 European Union states remained a possibility.

But lawmaker Brady said Britain had no alternative to a Conservative-DUP deal, other than a new election, which he said the public did not want.

"The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week".

They added: "Her [Mrs May's] lack of authority, her lack of credibility, how she doesn't have a mandate, that's the priority".

Timothy was widely cited as the main proponent among May's aides for a botched plan for elderly social care that caused a major backlash from Conservative supporters.

The agreement should protect the government from being brought down by a vote of no confidence, but they will have to agree other issues on a vote-by-vote basis.

With media asking whether May could remain in Downing Street after her electoral humiliation, ministers said now was not the time for the further uncertainty that a party leadership contest would bring.

The prime minister's most prominent potential rival, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, sought to quash any suggestion that she would be ousted imminently. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while Conservative-supporting The Sun tabloid said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

"We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".

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