UK PM seeks to form minority government, to meet Queen
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 19:09
May, who had called a snap election confident her Conservative Party would increase its majority and strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks, on Friday said she would lead a minority government backed by a small Northern Irish party.
This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats. They're hardly going to make any major concessions, and she's going to have to go back to her Parliament with her divided party and try and get some obvious compromises through. The opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has 261 seats, the Scottish National Party has 35, and the Liberal Democrats 12.
Hamilton, however, would not be drawn on the question of whether the DUP would consider a formal coalition or would support a working Conservative minority.
Later, she said she "obviously wanted a different result" and was "sorry" for colleagues who lost their seats.
The DUP won 10 seats in the election which pushes Mrs.
The UK Prime Minister has visited Buckingham Palace this lunchtime to seek permission to form a government, despite losing her majority.
The party has also previously appointed a climate change denier as environment minister in Northern Ireland.
May asked 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.
The DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a confidence and supply deal with the Conservative Party before any such agreement has been reached.
Firstly the DUP are staunchly opposed to a hard Brexit, which could prove to be a stumbling block in forging an unofficial coalition with May's Conservatives in the first place.
"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".
Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state - effectively the deputy prime minister.
Now, what happens as Theresa May loses her majority in the UK Parliament.
At this point it is hard to see why the United Kingdom government would call another election although it is quite likely we will Theresa May resign in due course.
The party said: "The DUP today (Saturday) held discussions with representatives of the Conservative Party in line with Arlene Foster's commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge".