UK General Election 2017 Reaction

The United Kingdom is set for a coalition government after a snap general election in which Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May lost seats and the rival Labour Party gained ground.

In 1974, a minority Labour government was in charge for eight months because the Conservatives were willing to abstain on key votes.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has reached an agreement in principle with UK Prime Minister Theresa May to support a Conservative minority government, the media reported on Sunday.

"As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular". But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

"I will now form a government - a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", 60-year-old May said on the steps of Downing Street after meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to seek the monarch's formal permission.

At one of its most important moments in its history, the country is rudderless and facing a constitutional crisis.

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.

"Theresa May's central claim which is no deal is better than a bad deal now becomes undeliverable because the DUP will never allow no deal".

"The prime minister has spoken with me this morning", Foster said.

Speculation has been mounting over a leadership challenge following poor general election results which saw her party lose its majority.

The DUP's social conservatism - it is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion - has also alarmed some in May's party, particularly Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay.

It is her first comment since Mrs May's Conservative party lost 13 seats.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

Sinn Féin won seven seats, three more than it did in 2015, as it consolidated its position as a forceful anti-Brexit party.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

After winning his own seat in north London, May's rival Jeremy Corbyn said May's attempt to win a bigger mandate had backfired.

The DUP confirmed that Mrs Foster would be going to No10 on Tuesday after discussions in Belfast over the weekend were said to have made "good progress".

Fallon said the new government would require "a more collective approach", adding that he expected Conservative lawmakers to "rally behind" May when they meet next week.

Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign.

  • Leroy Wright