May to form government with help of Democratic Unionist party

French President Emmanuel Macron also offered his congratulations, telling Ms May he was pleased she would continue to be a close partner.

"Certainly that's what's expected", a source said.

May was fighting to hold on to her job on Friday as British voters dealt her a punishing blow, denying her the stronger mandate she had sought to conduct Brexit talks and instead weakening her party's grip on power.

The vicar's daughter presented herself as a "strong and stable leader" but is now facing calls to resign after throwing away her party's 17-seat majority.

The pound plummeted as the shock figures set the scene for political turmoil at Westminster, disruption to upcoming Brexit negotiations and the possibility of a second election later in the year.

What's happening between the two parties now?

Another break with the Tory manifesto is pensions.

But it will undoubtedly come back to bite the party in the arse.

With talks of unprecedented complexity on Britain's departure from the European Union due to start in just 10 days' time, there was uncertainty over who would form the next government and over the fundamental direction Brexit would take.

Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state - effectively the deputy prime minister. She reappointed Liam Fox as trade secretary, Justine Greening as education secretary and Greg Clark as business secretary.

"I'm afraid we ran a pretty awful campaign", Soubry said.

Corbyn said Labour would try to amend the Queen's Speech to include its own commitments to end austerity and boost public spending.

On the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, Mrs May said her government would provide certainty and lead successful Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

"She's a remarkable and very talented woman and she doesn't shy away from hard decisions, but she now has to obviously consider her position".

A stream of senior lawmakers entered May's 10 Downing St. office Sunday afternoon, to learn what roles they had been given in government.

Mr Osborne, who was sacked by Mrs May and now is editor of the London Evening Standard, said there was now no majority in the Commons for a "hard Brexit".

There had been speculation that Mr Hammond in particular would be vulnerable if the Prime Minister had been returned - as she had hoped - with an increased majority.

"In terms of Brexit, this is potentially very significant", he said.

"I don't want to be derogatory but I think she is a lame duck prime minister", he told BBC Radio. "I'll fight tooth and nail to keep her in place". "Now let us get to work".

Liberal Democrats were celebrating the return of former ministers Sir Vince Cable, Sir Ed Davey and Jo Swinson two years after they lost their parliamentary seats.

She now could be kingmaker in the United Kingdom, seeking to extract concessions from the Conservatives.

He added that Labour still lost the election, leaving his Nottingham East constituency with a Conservative government "they do not need" and the party with questions about how to convince voters it can move from "protesting about a government into being the government".

Meanwhile, Labour, which had been written off by critics as all but unelectable, surged to 262 seats, up 29 from its tally in the 2015 election.

Her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, once written off by his opponents as a no-hoper, said May should step down, and that he wanted to form a minority government. "The party that has lost is the Conservative Party, the arguments it put forward in this election have lost".

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