Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to UK PM May in leaked text: ITV

Last December, Hill also told senior Conservative lawmaker Nicky Morgan to keep away from Downing Street after criticising the premier for her expensive leather pants.

The right-wing British press speculated Sunday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a former journalist and the former Mayor of London, was plotting a leadership coup.

Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state - effectively the deputy prime minister.

But Mrs May has been accused of putting the Northern Ireland peace process at risk in a bid to prop up her Government after the humiliating election.

But Ruth Davidson, the pro-EU leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, called on May to "reopen" the government's Brexit plans.

As rumors swirled about plots to oust May, Johnson denied he was planning a leadership challenge.

Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on.

Labour won 262 seats on Thursday, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament.

Further, it was agreed months ago that the Scottish Conservatives would break away from the English Conservatives party, because they are opposed to Mrs May's plans for a "hard Brexit" and want to campaign against Mrs May's push to take Britain out of the European Union single market.

The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, who was considered "unelectable" had been celebrating his success in the elections, after he managed to increase the number of seats in the House of Conmmons.

The most senior ministers stayed in post, while May was forced to bring back into the Cabinet one of her long-term political foes, Michael Gove, to appease an angry Conservative Party. "She absolutely understands that a minority government will require a different approach, a more collective approach", he told the BBC.

He defended the party's "honest and strong" manifesto, saying controversial proposals to use the value of peoples' homes to fund domiciliary care costs had been discussed in government for months and were not his own personal "pet project".

"I don't detect any great appetite amongst my colleagues for presenting the public with a massive additional dose of uncertainty by getting involved in a self-indulgent Conservative Party internal election campaign", Graham Brady, the 1922 committee chairman, told BBC TV.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

But her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit and the result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect. Instead, she has left Britain's position in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start on June 19.

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.

After recalling one such moment over how to campaign during the Copeland by-election, she wrote: "Normally we would all sit there while Fiona would raise some bat**** insane idea and not say a word".

May's party fell short of an overall majority following Thursday's vote, and plans to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

A "confidence and supply" arrangement is a far looser deal than a formal coalition.

"We stood on a clear policy platform of wanting to strengthen the Union, of working for a good deal for Northern Ireland as the United Kingdom leaves the EU and of promising to do our best to get Stormont up and running again for the benefit of all". Failure to reach agreement will catapult Northern Ireland into a serious crisis and back on to our front pages, where it has been happily absent for 20 years.

The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal.

  • Leroy Wright