Scottish Tory leader 'given gay rights pledge from PM over DUP tie-up'

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12 June, 2017

Tory numbers fell from 330 MPs to 318 and eight ministers lost seats - including former MP and Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, who authored her disastrous manifesto.

All in all, it was a mistake on Mrs May's part to call a general election, when she had plenty of time to govern with a reasonable majority.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham.

Anna Soubry, a parliamentary Conservative who campaigned previous year to stay in the European Union, said: "I don't think she does have a majority in the House of Commons for leaving the single market".

There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and which has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.

Among the key priorities for the unionists will be the vexed issue of the legacy of the Troubles and the idea that army and police veterans who served in Northern Ireland should be protected from prosecution.

But a Number 10 spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week". If that plan becomes a reality, the DUP would not hold any ministerial posts, but provide support for the Conservative government, which would depend on DUP votes in order to hold on to power. "Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament".

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The humiliating result has heaped pressure on May to resign, but she says she will stay and lead Britain during exit talks with the European Union.

The cabinet heavyweights have been demanding the removal of the pair, who has been blamed for the electoral debacle, when the damage was clear. "Gavin will have an important role to play in that".

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.

Labour had not secured anywhere near enough House of Commons seats to form a government, even with support from potential allies such as the Scottish National Party and other smaller parties.

A very personalized, nearly presidential style of campaigning has contributed to the Conservative Party's loss of support, said Mark Goodwin, lecturer at the department of political science and worldwide studies at the University of Birmingham in England.

It reads: 'Theresa May said there will not be a coalition of chaos and she is now forming a minority government with the DUP.

The Telegraph newspaper said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace Ms May. Some members of Parliament in May's Tory party and the rival Labour Party favor a softer Brexit, in which the United Kingdom might maintain a much closer relationship with the EU.


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