Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

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Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

12 June, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two chiefs of staff have resigned in the wake of the Conservative Party's disastrous election result.

Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty.

Dogus (photo) sharply closed the gap on the sitting member of parliament from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency - home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the British capital's financial centre.

The development comes after Mrs May sent her Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for talks with the DUP after the election left the Tories eight seats short of the 326 required for a majority.

Although the chance of him succeeding is slim, a poll showed support for Mr Corbyn and Labour growing in the wake of the shock election result which saw Mrs May returned to Downing Street but with her majority in tatters.

After a holiday in Wales, May said she had reluctantly made a decision to bring forward the election by three years to strengthen her hand in negotiations with the European Union, talks which will reshape Britain's role in the world and that of a bloc praised by many for ensuring peace after World War Two.

May was expected to name the rest of her cabinet overnight, just days before Brexit talks begin, while also finalising the details of her alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists Party (DUP), which she will need in order to govern after the Conservatives lost their majority.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said.

The Labour leader also said he thought it was quite possible there could be an election later this year, or early next year, which he thought "might be a good thing".

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Mrs May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said.

She believed the pollsters prediction of a Tory majority of 80 to a 100, which would give her a mandate to negotiate as she wanted and have Parliament ratify the terms she came away with. May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a personal blow.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

"She's then got to present a programme to parliament". The group's leader Arlene Foster was elected past year on a promise to work to prevent abortion rights from being extended to Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the which same-sex marriage is illegal.

She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press questioned whether she could remain in power with the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended. The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

Receiving her first post-election calls from foreign leaders, May was congratulated by US President Donald Trump, who agreed with her on "continuing the close cooperation" between Britain and America, Downing Street said.

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