May to form 'government of certainty' with DUP backing

In the Sunday Mirror, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who scored hefty gains in the election, said there was still a chance for him to be prime minister if Ms May failed to form a government.

"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". "Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".

Support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would allow her Conservatives to reach the 326 seats needed for a majority in parliament.

Before the election Ben Gummer, the Cabinet Office Minister, had been tipped to take over the Brexit ministry, with Brexit secretary David Davis replacing Boris Johnson in the Foreign Office.

Senior party figures have cautioned against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would cause only further disruption as Britain prepares to start talks with Brussels as early as June 19.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.

Nick Timothy, May's co-chief of staff, said on the Conservative Home website that he stepped down on Friday, while the BBC reported that Fiona Hill had also quit.

Tellingly, one of the main authors of the Conservatives' 2017 election manifesto lost his seat.

"She's damaged herself in terms of the trust that people have, her authority in her own party and she's really foolish, I think, to say that she should stay because she's damaged goods".

What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election, it is clear that only the Conservative & Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons.

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack said the DUP's stance on abortion has left women in Northern Ireland in "dire circumstances" and described the potential tie-up with the Tories as a "coalition of cruelty".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street.

But Labour said they were the "real winners".

Following the deal, Prime Minister Theresa May will shape her new cabinet to form the new United Kingdom government next week.

In the late stages of the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues.

  • Leroy Wright