Trump offers 'warm support' to Theresa May after poll setback
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 20:28
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election.
Under pressure from Conservative cabinet ministers, May accepted the resignation of her two top aides, her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, on Saturday.
May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the EU.
If there is any consolation for May and the Conservatives, it is that following Thursday's election, Scotland is not leaving the United Kingdom anytime soon.
May was interior minister for six years before taking over from David Cameron in the political chaos that following last June's Brexit referendum. Their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers.
May's Conservative Party won 319 seats in the House of Commons, the UK's lower chamber of parliament, landing seven seats short of a majority.
The change may help to quell some of the unrest within the party.
"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.
With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn't wield much power on its own - but those seats, if they vote with May's party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.
"Trying to make that change to Number 10 was more hard than she possibly anticipated", Perrior said. May, jolted by the electoral setback, however, remained defiant to calls for her resignation and vowed to form a minority government with the informal backing of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Members of the DUP are known for their socially conservative beliefs, such as opposition to gay marriage and a desire to restrict abortion. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.
As the election result became clear the UK's pound sterling currency dropped dramatically against the dollar from 1.2954 to under 1.2720 before recovering slightly to 1.273.
Chancellor of the Exchequer: Philip Hammond.
Democracy does not end after election day and we still have voices so let's make them heard.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and talks should start quickly. The European Union is still no wiser as to what the UK's negotiating position will be in the upcoming Brexit talks.
Pro-EU Member of Parliament Anna Soubry brought May's continued leadership into question in her acceptance speech. The main opposition Labour Party took 262. But there was a big screw-up, really, by Theresa May halfway through the campaign where she unveiled a policy which seemed to target core Tory, Conservative voters on social care, the costs of social care. May to "make way" for it to form a government and she also faces criticism over the DUP deal.
May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.
The new Parliament will be sworn in on Tuesday, although May has until June 19 to work out the full terms of the Conservatives' agreement with the DUP.
The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".
Several MPs have said they were against several key points in the Conservatives' manifesto, the document that outlined the party's agenda.
Writing in The Times she said: "Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn't understand how destructive they both were".
This minority government would be unable to pass laws and legislation without the votes of other parties that are not part of the government.