DUP agrees principles to 'confidence and supply' deal with Tories

Theresa May's top advisers quit after United Kingdom election shockBy Lena Reece Sunday 11/06/2017Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit on Saturday in the wake of the vote.

That may not be enough to save the job of Prime Minister Theresa May, as conservative MPs may push for new party leadership in the wake of Thursday's defeat.

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit on Saturday following sustained criticism within the party of the campaign.

But it later disclosed that no deal had been finalised and talks on the arrangement will continue during the week as Mrs May desperately tries to shore up her position after losing her Commons majority in the election.

May suffered a humiliating blow as the "snap election" Friday spectacularly backfired, stripping her Conservative Party of its commanding majority in Parliament.

"She's attempting to form a government", he told the Mirror.

Conservative MPs are publicly airing their anger, some calling for her ouster and others demanding radical change in her style of leadership.

In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said he wants a "jobs-first Brexit" negotiated as quickly as possible along with guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the UK.

The Conservatives won 318 seats, down from 331 in 2015 and falling short of an overall majority, after the opposition Labour party under socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn scored hefty gains.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham.

It has hardline views on social affairs, and is against same sex marriage and abortion, but these matters are already devolved to the Northern Irish assembly. "There's an very bad lot of issues around Brexit that need to be discussed with other parties", she told Sky News on Saturday.

Wollaston also said she was opposed to the death penalty and creationism being taught in schools, policies that have been supported by some DUP politicians.

Several hundred people - many Labour voters - protested in central London against the potential alliance, with one organiser leading chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".

And it surely secures investment of billions of pounds into Northern Ireland. "I'm afraid she didn't have those qualities herself, but she hired people that didn't have them either". "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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.

  • Leroy Wright