'Dead woman walking' May races to form a government

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party have not reached an agreement but talks are continuing, Sky News reports. "This is still on. It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister previous year, told the BBC.

The smaller parties also agree to back any Bills needed for the government to receive money to carry out its policies.

Corbyn said he did not think May had any credibility and it was "unclear" what kind of programme the Conservatives would be able to put forward. Gerry Adams, the party's president, said there was "no question whatsoever" of the party abandoning that policy of abstention.

"We put forward our policies - strong and hopeful policies - and they've gained an unbelievable response and traction", he said.

"We have a program, we have support and we are ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be".

It was a humiliating outcome after an election that the prime minister had meant to strengthen her ahead of the Brexit push.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons", she said.

"It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", said former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by Ms May when she became prime minister past year.

In a phone call with British prime minster Theresa May, Kenny warned that efforts to shore up her minority government with the hardline Protestant DUP should not put at risk the Good Friday peace accords.

However, former Conservative party leaders warned against any immediate change, with Iain Duncan Smith saying leadership contest would be a "catastrophe".

May's Conservative government already had a slim majority in parliament and was halfway through its five-year term when she called this snap election. This is more than the total of Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green Party.

The Tories remain the biggest party with 318 seats and Labour has 262 - with 326 required for a majority. This would give the Tories the numbers to pass a Queen's Speech on June 19, which will set out their legislative agenda.

Britain has a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost their majority on an extraordinary night. He told ITV: "I believe the DUP is in favour of scrapping the bedroom tax". I think we need to see the final make up of Parliament and then we'll reflect on that.

Rudd was promoted to lead the interior ministry after May became prime minister a year ago, moving from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations.

She did not rule out accepting a job in Corbyn's shadow cabinet, but said she did not want to be "presumptuous".

  • Zachary Reyes