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May will form government to 'provide certainty' after shock election result

10 June 2017

Party leader Arlene Foster said it was "too soon" to talk about any formal agreement ahead of the Prime Minister's speech announcing collaboration with the party, but the Northern Irish politician remains unequivocally in line to be the power broker for Ms May's next government.

What they are saying "I'm afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign", - *Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry, who called on Theresa May to "consider her position".

May's party took the most parliamentary seats - 318 - in the UK's snap election that she called in April, but it failed to secure enough support to form a majority government, falling short of the required 326 parliamentary seats.

So they had to agree to work with a smaller party, the Democratic Unionists, so that they could remain in charge.

Ms Davidson, who is gay, spoke out after Theresa May outlined a plan to seek a deal with the socially hardline party, which has 10 seats in the Commons, to prop up her minority administration.

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Theresa May's political career however is hanging by a thread today after she insisted she could still provide "certainty" for Britain as PM - despite the Tories suffering devastating losses when her election gamble backfired.

Labour said earlier it was also ready to form a minority government of its own, after far exceeding expectations by picking up 29 seats in England, Wales and Scotland. None of these governments achieved anything very memorable in terms of legislation (although MacDonald proved effective in foreign affairs, acting as his own Foreign Secretary).

She noted that Brexit talks will begin just 10 days from now. It drew strong support from young people, who appeared to have turned out to vote in bigger-than-expected numbers.

The Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, had been tipped to be decimated, but with a relatively high turnout at the polls boosted by younger voters, Labour made a significant recovery, picking up 31 seats to take 261 and well over 40% of the nationwide vote.

"Now lets get to work", May said before leaving. A "soft" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom gets to stay in the single market and European Union citizens can remain in the United Kingdom, now seems more likely but that will require a great deal of horse-trading.

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Brexit Minister David Jones said he supported Mrs May but it was "impossible to say" if she would still be Prime Minister in six months' time.

Their differences highlight Northern Ireland's often stark dichotomy between religious-based social conservatism and secular progressive liberalism.

He later told the BBC it was it was "pretty clear who has won this election".

Barnier sounded conciliatory: "Brexit negotiations should start when United Kingdom is ready", he tweeted.

SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it had been a disappointing night for her party, which lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

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Among the victims was Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, the author of the Conservatives' widely-criticised manifesto.