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

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

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

Mr Johnson, one of the Conservatives' most popular politicians, tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe".

"I am backing Theresa May".

Also appearing on the Sky show, former minister, Anna Soubry, when asked about how she felt towards the arrangement, said: "I have friends in the DUP that I get on well with". Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were under way within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her. Just 15 per cent believe it is more likely, 17 per cent think it hasn't made it more or less likely and 13 per cent are unsure. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

He said the Conservative election manifesto — which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting — was "a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens".

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

"It's very hard to see how you can strike a reasonable outcome without another election and a stronger mandate for the negotiating team in Britain, whoever that may be", he said. May has said her government will go ahead with these discussions as planned.

A veteran leftist who unexpectedly became Labour leader in 2015 on a wave of grassroots enthusiasm but was seen by most of his own party's lawmakers as an electoral no-hoper, Corbyn beat expectations with a well-run, policy-rich campaign.

To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Following talks between Mrs May and the DUP on Saturday night, a second statement confirmed that no final deal had been reached.

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Downing Street said it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.

"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. The spokesman indicated this would not be a formal coalition but a minority government with looser DUP support on a "confidence and supply basis".

Several hundred protesters have gathered in central London to voice their anger at Theresa May's government and her alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party.

May's Downing St. office said Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson was in Belfast Saturday for talks with the DUP "on how best they can provide support to the government".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.

"The taoiseach (Kenny) indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring".

"Our politicians should be focused on improving abortion access, including decriminalisation and NHS funding for women in Northern Ireland, not trading away our hard-earned rights in a backroom deal".

The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal.

MPs then spend six days debating these plans before a vote on 27 June.

Mr Brady said there was "no doubt" the Queen's Speech - due on 19 June - would be "slimmed down", including plans for an expansion of grammar schools in England. Corbyn said another national election might be needed to break the deadlock. "This is still on".

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