After the most challenging night of her political career, British Prime Minister Theresa May is to seek to form a new government, likely turning to the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland to give her the number of seats required. May’s Conservative Party suffered huge losses in the country’s general election.
- General election ends in a hung Parliament
- Conservatives set to win 319 seats
- Labour predicted to get 261
- May says she ‘has no intention of resigning’
- She will see the Queen about forming a government with DUP support
- Jeremy Corbyn hails Labour’s ‘incredible result’ and calls for May to resign
- Paul Nuttall resigns as UKIP leader after the party won no seats
- Nick Clegg loses his seat, but Sir Vince Cable is re-elected
- SNP’s Westminster leader loses his seat
- Record number of female MPs
Theresa May will ask the Queen for permission to form a minority Government as she visits Buckingham Palace Friday afternoon, Downing Street has said.
Mrs May is believed to have struck a deal, but not a formal coalition agreement, with the Democratic Unionist Party which will narrowly give her the numbers she needs to pass legislation in the House of Commons.
Mrs May is now scrambling to try and form a government and the DUP has signalled a willingness to do a deal even though the party’s leader Arlene Foster has expressed doubts that the Prime Minister can “survive”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has urged Mrs May to resign as he said she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country”.
As things stood on Friday morning, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, a loss of 12, while Labour had won 261, a gain of 29.
And with 649 of the 650 seats now declared, no single party will be able to secure the 326 seats needed for an overall majority, with a hung parliament now guaranteed.
That means that Mrs May’s path to power will likely require a deal to be done with the DUP, which increased its representation at Westminster from eight to 10.
The party has signalled it is ready to discuss working with the Tories on issues such as Brexit and keeping the UK together.
With the party in a position to hold the balance of power at Westminster, senior MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the DUP would be “serious players” in the hung parliament, telling the BBC: “This is perfect territory for the DUP because obviously if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority it puts us in a very strong negotiating position and certainly that is one we would take up with relish.”
BBC, CNN, NewTelegraph