May to head minority government with DUP support

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will lead a minority government backed by a small Northern Irish party after Thursday's stunning election defeat that cost her Conservative Party its majority.

The DUP agreed to supporting to the government on a "confidence and supply" basis, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition partnership.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reached an outline agreement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in an alliance that would allow her to remain in power after the Tory's weak performance in Thursday's general elections.

Indeed, the prospect of a "hard" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom leaves with no deal, has shrunk with the Conservative majority, as it's a likely "red line" for the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish lawmakers May has turned to for support in Westminster.

May's office had no immediate comment on the PA report.

Founded on the evangelical principles of the late Ian Paisley's Free Presbyterian church, Northern Ireland's largest political party has been repeatedly at odds with the region's LGBT community.

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.

May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result. "Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party's manifesto was full of promises".

In her statement she promised to push through with Brexit negotiations as well as combating Islamic extremism.

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs".

Theresa May's new allies oppose same-sex marriage and abortion.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

The DUP also supports a nuclear deterrent, which puts them at odds with historically anti-Trident Jeremy Corbyn. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

There had been speculation Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, would be vulnerable in a post-election re-shuffle and the decision to leave him in the Treasury was being seen as a sign of her weakness after her Commons majority was wiped out.

But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

"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".

  • Zachary Reyes