'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

Britain's minority Conservative government says it has struck a provisional deal with a minor party, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to help get its programme through parliament.

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in the election, eight short of an outright majority.

"She wanted a mandate; the mandate she's got is lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", said Jeremy Corbyn, as he secured a greater majority in his constituency of Islington North. Agreements being discussed between the DUP and the Tories would be an agreement which would see the DUP support the Conservatives on key votes such as on the budget.

Theresa May has managed to acquire a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government.

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats.

But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty.

The DUP statement put Downing Street on the back foot, prompting a carefully worded response in the early hours of Sunday.

May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result.

In his resignation letter, Timothy said that the campaign had failed to convey May's "positive plan for the future" to voters and urged Conservatives to rally behind the embattled prime minister.

The Labour party and DUP have worked together in the past, but the latter joining hands with Labour was ruled out due to Corbyn being its leader: Corbyn has always been associated with DUP's rival in trouble-torn Northern Ireland politics, Sinn Fein. "I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we're going to do", she said.

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

The fallout from Thursday's snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the United Kingdom.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn tells the Sunday Mirror.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would "fight tooth and nail" to keep Mrs May in post, and dismissed suggestions he might replace her.

The defence secretary rejected the suggestion that an outline deal had already been agreed with the DUP, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr show it can not be "agreed in a day".

  • Leroy Wright