UK PM Theresa May regroups after election setback
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:35
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, meanwhile, fell on his sword after just six months in the job, after slumping to a distant third place in Skegness & Boston on a woeful night for the Eurosceptic party, which shed swathes of voters to Labour and Conservatives.
As Mrs May struggled to contain the fallout her two closest aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned following sustained criticism within the party of the campaign.
Prime Minister Theresa May's office backtracked on a statement that a deal was reached with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, adding to a sense of chaos around her government after last week's disastrous election, and eight days before Brexit talks begin. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while The Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips". May has indicated that she will form a minority coalition government with the backing of a right-wing party from Northern Ireland, which will enable her to remain as prime minister.
Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among many core voters.
She is expected to meet with her newly-reassembled ministerial team over the weekend in an attempt to quell any rebellion within Tory ranks.
The Sunday Times reported that Chancellor Philip Hammond used a telephone call with Mrs May on Friday to tell her she should put jobs first in the Brexit negotiations - a coded attack on the immigration-focused strategy.
A record number of 208 women have won parliamentary seats in the 2017 general election that was held on Thursday.
"They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom general election and the (British) prime minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP", a spokesman for the Irish government said.
The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence.
The DUP are the biggest Unionist party in Northern Ireland. The DUP, although it wants to leave the European Union, will insist on keeping the single market that allows the free flow of goods across the UK's border with Ireland.
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.
And I started by asking him, how it is that Theresa May, who had been tremendously popular, fell so short?
European Council President Donald Tusk, however, congratulated May.
"At a time of mass income and wealth inequality throughout the world, I am delighted to see that the British Labour party has elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader", Sanders said. She will be compelled to constantly negotiate on most crucial issues both within the party and with the DUP, which prefers soft borders between the north and south of Ireland. "There's an terrible lot of issues around Brexit that need to be discussed with other parties", she told Sky News on Saturday. But Theresa May had a very stumbling election campaign, and that severely undermined her status of this strong and stable leader.
May would have been able to form a government without support from the Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats if Conservatives seized four seats from Labour - Dudley North (22 majority); Newcastle-under-Lyme (30 majority); Crew and Nantwich (48 majority); and Canterbury (187 majority).
Other senior Conservatives however warned against a leadership challenge with Iain Duncan Smith saying it would be a "grave error".