Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to May in leaked text - ITV

Gladys Abbott
June 12, 2017

In a TV interview, she said: "As I reflect on the result, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".

"The talks so far have been positive".

One former Sanders aide who lent her knowledge to the Corbyn campaign told the Guardian she was drawn to the Labour Party leader by his sincerity, a trait she said he shares with Sanders.

The DUP is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

A big majority would provide political certainty for the next five years, giving Prime Minister Theresa May a freer hand in the Brexit negotiations to make the compromises necessary for a deal. The European Union is still no wiser as to what the UK's negotiating position will be in the upcoming Brexit talks.

Those talks, expected to be the most complex in post-World War Two European history, are supposed to wrap up before the end of March 2019, the date when Britain is officially scheduled to leave the bloc - a timeline that was already considered ambitious before May's electoral debacle. Labour remains in the opposition. Scottish Nationalists were among the big losers, dropping 21 of the 56 seats they won two years ago and, according to analysts, putting back the prospects of another Scottish independence referendum indefinitely.

"It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", George Osborne, a former Conservative chancellor, tells the BBC.

Labour's tally, even when added to those of potential allies such as the Scottish National Party and other smaller parties, was still short of a majority.

Then prime minister David Cameron said he would "never validate" the DUP's position on gay rights while deputy PM Nick Clegg claimed some of the party's views were "backwards". This is still on.

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Finally, and perhaps most crucially, May has lost control over Brexit - the very reason she called an election three years early.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, meanwhile, fell on his sword after just six months in the job, after slumping to a distant third place in Skegness & Boston on a woeful night for the Eurosceptic party, which shed swathes of voters to Labour and Conservatives.

"The idea that the British Government could be taking sides having been the guarantor of the Good Friday agreement and the subsequent peace agreements, I think is really troubling". She added, "The priority must be for politicians to get their house in order and form a functioning government, reassure the markets and protect our resilient economy".

In throwing away her majority on an early election, May has lost control of the Conservative Party, Parliament, her policy manifesto and Brexit.

I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country.

"Well look what's happened".

The Conservatives now plan to reach a so-called confidence and supply agreement with the DUP, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition.

Mrs May was also expected to make further appointments to her Cabinet on Saturday, but the damage to her standing makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by carrying out an extensive reshuffle as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

While the party has changed radically since its beginnings, it has always maintained an opposition to socially liberal reforms which have taken place on the United Kingdom mainland.

Also re-appointed, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is said to be "on manoeuvres" and sounding out MPs about a leadership bid.

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