Top Aides to UK PM Quit After Election Losses

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has dismissed as "tripe" claims that he is plotting to mount a leadership challenge, although what Johnson says and does are often different things.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week".

The deal with the DUP is on a "confidence and supply" basis, which means the party would lend its support to block no confidence votes and pass budgets.

Davidson - who secured her party's best result for three decades, winning 13 Scottish MPs - said she had sought and received assurances from May about maintaining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights.

He told ITV's Peston on Sunday: "Well, not necessarily the case".

"I wanted to achieve a larger majority". This is still on.

Mr English said he spoke to Mrs May last night.

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

Northern Ireland is the only part of the British Isles where same-sex marriage remains outlawed. After his defeat, Paul Nuttall resigned as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader.

Highlighting Conservative austerity cuts and its stance on Brexit, Ms O'Neill claimed the DUP link-up with Ms May would spell bad news for Northern Ireland, a region that voted for Remain in last June's European Union membership referendum.

In a resignation statement on the ConservativeHome website, Mr Timothy acknowledged one of his regrets was the way Mrs May's social care policy, dubbed the "dementia tax" by critics, had been handled.

And the goal of its campaign seemed to be not to get close even to winning the election but simply to avoid some sort of complete wipeout.

"I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister - and do it brilliantly".

The details of the agreement "will be put forward for discussion and agreement" at a cabinet meeting tomorrow, a day before the new parliament meets, the spokesman said. "I'm not going to support any legislation that I would regard as socially illiberal, taking this country backwards".

Brexit Minister David Jones said he supported Mrs May but it was "impossible to say" if she would still be Prime Minister in six months' time.

They have been replaced by Gavin Barwell, a former government minister who lost his seat in the election.

Sources close to Mr Johnson dismissed reports he was plotting a leadership bid as "complete bollocks" and suggested "someone is trying to make mischief". It's really a bad situation now because of Brexit as well. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while The Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country: many are exhausted of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation.

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.

  • Leroy Wright


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