May to form minority government after election debacle
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:13
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish National Party - which won all but three seats in the 2015 election - lost much of its base to the Scottish Conservatives, led by Ruth Davidson. She said Labour had to be ready for another election "at any time" and warned the party not to "rest on its laurels", saying it had to work on how to win back more seats from the Conservatives. May had stated on at least seven occasions that she would not call an early election, but with the right-wing media on her side, May believed that she could wipe Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party off the face of the United Kingdom's political map.
The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.
With results declared for all of the 650 seats of British Parliament, the Conservatives won 318 while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.
Details of the deal will be discussed by May's cabinet which is scheduled to meet at 10 Downing Street on Monday morning.
Jill Lawless is an Associated Press writer.
"I don't think we are going to go backwards in terms of social legislation, I think it's part of our DNA now, it's part of what makes us the great country that we are, and I'm sure the DUP understand that". Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.
The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the United States and takes a hard-line stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion.
There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and which has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.
Mrs. May wants to remain in office for the next five years, but most analysts agree that the Conservative establishment will terminate her premiership when the time is right and they will select another candidate to lead them into the next general election - Judy.
With the complex talks on the divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued.
The so called supply and confidence deal, aimed at keeping Prime Minister Theresa May in power at 10 Downing Street, came under immediate attack. "That's not a matter for me", she said.
"Mayhem" screamed the headline on the front page of The Sun, Britain's biggest selling newspaper that is normally sympathetic to the Conservatives.
Elation in the Corbyn camp is tempered by electoral reality, said Dunt, making a comparison to last year's US presidential campaign.