May confirms she will form government with help of Northern Ireland party

Frederick Owens
June 11, 2017

Liberal Democrats gained four seats to amass 12 MPs, but lost its former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in perhaps the highest-profile casualty in a night of stunning results.

After failing to secure a majority in the parliament in Thursday's snap general election, British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to form a government with the backing of the Democratic Unionist party.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", Corbyn told supporters in his Islington North constituency in north London, which he retained with more than 40,000 votes.

Speaking after her visit to Buckingham Palace this afternoon, the Prime Minister said that the deal would provide the United Kingdom with "certainty" and strengthen her position with regard to Brexit negotiations.

She said the union binding England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be at the forefront of their minds, describing it as the party's "guiding star".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) clinched 10 seats, effectively placing it in the role of kingmaker.

But Hull GP, GPC member and Pulse blogger Dr Zoe Norris welcomed the election result.

Ms Davidson, who is set to marry her partner Jen Wilson, spoke to the BBC to say she had spoken to Mrs May and that she asked for assurances on LGBT rights.

May said she would form a new government with help from her "friends" in the DUP after an election debacle in which she unexpectedly lost her majority, days before talks on Britain's departure from the European Union are due to begin.

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"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.

It drew strong support from young people, who appeared to have turned out to vote in bigger-than-expected numbers with one poll showing up to 72 per cent of younger potential voters casting a ballot.

She also apologised to colleagues who had "contributed so much to our country" and "didn't deserve to lose their seats".

But even if it had joined together in a so-called progressive alliance with the SNP, Lib Dems, Green Party and Plaid Cymru, it would only have reached 313 seats - short of the 326 figure.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged May to resign, but the PM said at her count in Maidenhead that "it would be incumbent on to assure we have that period of stability, and that is exactly what we will do". Labour's increase in seats from 229 to 261 - with one seat still undecided - confounded expectations that his left-wing views made him electorally toxic.

She said the two parties will remain committed to Brexit and securing a new partnership with the EU.

Oettinger's boss, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said his Brexit negotiating team under Michel Barnier was ready: "The clock is ticking", Juncker said.

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