Doubts over Theresa May's grip on power as DUP deal talks continue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and that talks must start quickly.

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Ms Hill, a combative character who one ex-colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of government. "The talks so far have been positive", it said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to hold talks with Mrs May in Downing Street to finalise an agreement on propping up the prime minister's minority government.

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

"We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond", the Downing Street statement said. The Democratic Unionists are also a fairly hard-right socially conservative political party. Since the election, most of the members of May's cabinet have kept quiet on the issue of her future, adding to speculation that her days as prime minister are numbered. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, said she had received assurances from the prime minister over gay rights should the Tories and DUP strike a deal, ITV reported.

"Just to be clear, we will act in the national interest".

"The people of this country want control of their borders and an end to the disastrous policy of open-door immigration which has led to a rapidly-rising population, a funding crisis in health and education, pressure on housing and wages, and risky social alienation".

The Tories won 318 seats, down 12, and will have to rely on the DUP to get things done.

Speaking to Andrew Marr on BBC One on Sunday, Corbyn insisted the Labour Party did not lose the election but rather "didn't win the election".

"For instance, if London were to stay in the customs union, then it would not have to renegotiate all trade agreements", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

The prime minister has vowed to pull Britain out of Europe's single market in order to end mass migration from the bloc, despite fears of the economic impact. This is still on. They're hardly going to make any major concessions, and she's going to have to go back to her Parliament with her divided party and try and get some obvious compromises through.

She put on a fearless face, refusing to show any contrition for the election gamble that spectacularly backfired, but observers say she has been deeply wounded.

The figures from the Mail on Sunday show that Labour is now the most popular party with 44.8 per cent of the vote, compared to 38.9 per cent for the Conservatives.

Victory would have been Labour's with more time, says McDonnell.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also expressed concern, telling the BBC she had asked Theresa May for assurances that the party would not accept any reduction of LGBT rights in the rest of the United Kingdom as part of the DUP coalition.

Ms May had called the snap election with a view to increasing the narrow majority she had inherited from her predecessor David Cameron. "I'm very proud to lead this party".

But after a poor campaign and an unexpectedly stiff challenge from Labour, her plan went disastrously wrong.

After the Conservatives failed to obtain a majority government, May announced she meant to govern regardless through the support of the controversial Northern Irish party's 10 MPs.

Mr Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among many core voters.

May's office has already said that the senior Cabinet members — Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd — will keep their current jobs, but she is expected to reshuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

  • Leroy Wright