Theresa May and inner circle face backlash from furious Tory MPs
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 21:12
Philip Hammond, who was tipped to be removed as Chancellor if the Conservatives won a healthy majority, will remain at the Treasury.
No party has emerged with an overall majority, so the incumbent Conservative government stays in office until prime minister Theresa May either does a deal - most likely with the Democratic Unionists - or goes to the Queen to tender her resignation and that of her administration. DUP is strongly pro-Union and pro-Brexit and has traditionally leaned very closely to the Tories' economic positions while being more to the right on social issues. It is unclear, however, how stable such a government can be and how long May can stay at its helm.
She said: 'I told her (May) there there was a number of things that count to me more than party.
The threat of a leadership challenge from inside her own party hangs over her head - a threat vividly underlined Sunday when her former colleague-turned-nemesis George Osborne labeled her a "dead woman walking".
Senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady said the prospect of being propped up by the socially conservative DUP, which is strongly focused on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, was causing concern in his party.
If May had won a majority last Thursday, she would have been converting the policy agenda in the Conservative election manifesto into laws in the Queen's Speech.
"I think change is brought about, certainly in Northern Ireland, by persuasion, by people working together and the best way actually to achieve these is to get the Northern Ireland Assembly back up and running, and I hope that will also be possible".
"I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister - and do it brilliantly".
May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff. Instead, Ms. May is asking for some version of a "confidence and supply" agreement, where the DUP agrees to support the government on finance and a few other Key votes.
He said on BBC's Question Time: 'She is playing fast and loose, on Brexit, on Margaret Thatcher's greatest achievement the single market and now Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's greatest achievement which is the peace in Northern Ireland.
"Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".
DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet with May in London on Tuesday to discuss their arrangement, Sky News reported.
"It's important to have a Government that can take the Brexit negotiations through".
Many have hit out at the PM for doing a deal with a party which opposes abortion, is against gay marriage and has links to terrorism.