November 19 2017

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key

November 19 2017, 06:52 | Van Peters

From landslide for May to upset defeat - scenarios for UK election

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: Labour set to make gains, poll predicts

Labour lost the election, let's be clear, but the results will give Corbyn and his supporters a shot in the arm, after a campaign in which sections of the United Kingdom public have warmed to the veteran MP as a person and been convinced by the party's calls for policies including greater investment in public services. No party won a majority in elections in 1909, 1929, 1974 and 2010.

The result has demolished May's political authority, and she has also lost her two top aides, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party.

In a hung parliament, the Conservative government will remain in office - and Theresa May can live in Downing Street - until it is decided who will attempt to form a new government or unless she decides to resign.

The UK election of 2017 ended in a hung parliament after the ruling-Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May failed to retain its majority, however, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would lead a minority government.

And Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pledged during the election not to go into coalition with either the Tories or Labour. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.

Here are a few questions over what it means and its implications for the country.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet with May in London on Tuesday to discuss their arrangement, Sky News reported.

A coalition between the Conservatives and the DUP would give the parties the 326 seats required to form a government.

When this election campaign started, I thought that wherever you stood ideologically, it was hard not to see Theresa May as the continuity candidate and voting for Jeremy Corbyn as a bit of a punt.

And when it comes to women's rights, the DUP is equally regressive.

Seven Republican Sinn Fein members who want a united Ireland were also elected on Thursday, but they do not attend or vote as the party does not recognize Westminster rule. We've only just scratched the surface here.

"As we are the party that won most seats and most votes, we are the only party that is in a position to form a government that can do that".

However unlike a coalition, the agreement is not binding and "confidence" could be withdrawn by the DUP if they so chose, making the deal much less stable than a formal agreement.

"The DUP will always strive for the best deal for Northern Ireland and its people", she said.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has argued that Scotland, where a majority voted to remain in the European Union past year, should have the right to hold an independence referendum at the end of the Brexit process.

'I was absolutely outraged because she managed to sneak her way back into power by forming an alliance with the DUP, ' community organiser Gareth Lane said.

She warned European Union ambassadors in January that attempts to punish Britain would be an "act of calamitous self-harm" for European Union countries and repeatedly told voters during the campaign that she would be prepared to walk away from talks without a deal.

Mrs May has previously backed the reduction of abortion time limits from 24 to 20 weeks, saying: "I think there is scope for some reduction".

Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state - effectively the deputy prime minister.

Several ministers lost their seats in Thursday's election, which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament. The Conservative Party has already put party before country twice.

Corbyn has said Labour is ready to form a government but the way the seats have fallen across the parties appear to make that hard.

May said Friday she looks forward to working with "our friends and allies" in the DUP.

Downing Street said Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon would remain in post.

"We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond", a spokesman for the Prime Minister's office said Saturday. They may even be talking to the same people.

"I've never seen people more hateful in my life", he said. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

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