Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal in principle with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Saturday to prop up the Conservative government, stripped of its majority in a disastrous election.

Yesterday, May declared her intention to lead a government with the support of the Northern Ireland MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - describing the tie-up as a government of "certainty".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said when asked about their future. But Johnson said he backed May.

While May was re-elected, some are calling for her resignation.

Katie Perrior, who quit as May's communications chief in April, said Timothy and Hill were "great street fighters but poor political leaders" and exercised too much power over the prime minister.

The 10 DUP MPs could prove crucial in supporting the Conservatives on key votes after Thursday's election saw Mrs May lose control of the Commons.

The change was unlikely to significantly quell unrest within the party.

It is thought May would seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it "lend" its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as "confidence and supply", the BBC report said.

THERE'S A POTENTIAL dispute brewing in the UK's Conservative party at the prospect of a minority government deal with the DUP.

This morning, Ed Vaizey, the former Conservative culture minister, also insisted the Conservative party would remain socially liberal and not bend to the social conservatism of the DUP. The DUP also oppose any change to Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws, which see thousands of women travel to the United Kingdom for terminations. After that they will work on a vote-by-vote.

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal.

Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations.

Britain will have a hung parliament, with no party winning majority in the snap general election, according to official results announced Friday morning.

May has said Brexit talks will begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

May wore snake-print kitten heels and a blue suit to meet Queen Elizabeth II and then speak outside 10 Downing Street.

But some of its politicians have been criticised for homophobic comments and, although it has a female leader in Arlene Foster, it remains an overwhelmingly male, white bastion.

While May's top team has been left unchanged, she will have to fill gaps in her ministerial team after nine junior ministers lost their seats in what has been characterised as a disastrous election night for the ruling party, with the shock results going against every pre-election opinion poll forecast and the Jeremy Corbyn-led Opposition Labour faring far better than predicted.

The Labour leader told the Sunday Mirror he would oppose the Government all the way. Clearly, there is no majority government that's come through after this election.

And Paisley once declared the country and western style of dancing as "sinful".

A number of demonstrations on the British mainland are already being planned to protest at the proposed link between the Conservatives and the DUP.

In a victory speech devoid of humility, the Prime Minister proffered a government which is the total opposite of "strong and stable" and the embodiment of a "coalition of chaos".

In a surprising outcome for many, Theresa May's conservative party lost 13 Parliamentary seats across the country, including Warwick & Leamington by just 1,206 votes.

  • Jon Douglas