May to form govt. despite Tory slide
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 9:08
Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon as the in-charge of the ministry of defence. The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, tweeted a link to a speech she had made about same-sex marriage - something the DUP opposes.
May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government. Together, the Conservatives and the DUP would have 328 seats in parliament, just above the 326 needed. The DUP won 10.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, and Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, will be part of May's new government.
May asked Britain's Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a new government on Friday after an election debacle that saw her Conservative Party lose its parliamentary majority days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin.
DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to Mrs.
"We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". It will come down to what money the Conservatives can offer Northern Ireland.
"I didn't know who the DUP were, I had to Google them, as many people no doubt in this country would have had to Google them".
Typically the British government tries to act as an honest broker between Republicans and Unionists.
Any concessions on these points are likely to antagonise the nationalist republican Sinn Fein, with whom the DUP shared power before their government collapsed earlier this year amid a breakdown in trust.
"With the potential of that direct rule being imposed of course by a Tory government shored up by the DUP".
She said the two parties had enjoyed "a strong relationship" over many years. May about her concerns.
A similar story also appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times, claiming that several senior cabinet ministers are urging the former London Mayor to launch a power grab in Downing Street.
Without a majority in the House of Commons, she could be forced to seek consensus on the approach she takes to Brexit, potentially by performing a U-turn on issues such as single market membership. May for staying on in Downing Street after failing to secure a majority government.
Anna Soubry, another senior Conservative politician, told the BBC Friday that May should "consider her position".
The Sunday Times also led with the Johnson story, saying he had been pressed by five Cabinet colleagues to oust Mrs May.
"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country".