Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Kingdom election: 'Perfect territory' for DUP if Tories fall short

United Kingdom election: 'Perfect territory' for DUP if Tories fall short

Prime Minister Theresa May, the head of the Conservative Party, will get the first shot at putting together a government.

With no clear victor emerging from Thursday's election, a wounded May signalled she would fight on.

From the EU's perspective, the upset in London meant a possible delay in the start of the talks and an increased risk that negotiations would fail. I am very proud of the campaign that my party has run.

The pound fell sharply after an exit poll in Britain's election forecast that the Conservatives would fall short of a majority in parliament, raising the prospect that the country might not have a clear victor or strong government as it starts its negotiations to leave the European Union.

In a humiliating night for the Prime Minister, Mrs May saw Tory ranks at Westminster reduced from 330 to 318 - with one constituency left to declare - while eight ministers were culled from the Government's front benches.

"Whatever happens, Theresa May is toast", said Nigel Farage, former leader of the anti-EU party UKIP. She is a very good leader. During his three decades on Labour's leftist fringe, Corbyn consistently opposed European integration and denounced the EU as a corporate, capitalist body.

The Conservatives will remain in power until a decision about the next government is taken.

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On a nerve-racking night for the Conservatives, interior minister Amber Rudd held on to her seat by a whisker, while several junior ministers were swept away.

Mrs May will also have the unenviable task of striking a balance between the DUP's desire for a softer Brexit and the demands of those on the right of her party, who want a clean break from the European Union (EU).

Much focus will now fall upon the party's leader, Arlene Foster, a tough character whose politics were influenced by the troubles.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks watched by her husband Philip in 10 Downing street, London, as she addresses the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where she asked to form a government.

But Labour had potential allies too, not least the Scottish National Party (SNP) who suffered major setbacks but still won a majority of Scottish seats.

Mr Osborne said the figures would put Mrs May's future as Conservative leader in doubt, saying on ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

For the Lib Dems, heavyweight Sir Vince Cable and former minister Sir Ed Davey won seats back from the Tories in Twickenham and Kingston & Surbiton respectively.

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It also proposed raising taxes for the richest 5 percent of Britons, scrapping university tuition fees and investing 250 billion pounds ($315 billion) in infrastructure plans.

Analysis suggested that Labour had benefited from a strong turnout among young voters.

But no deal has yet been finalised and talks on the arrangement will continue during the week as May desperately tries to shore up her position after losing her Commons majority in the election.

Their former leader Nick Clegg, who was deputy prime minister during the coalition years, said the party would not prop up a Conservative government.

The campaign had played out differently in Scotland than elsewhere, the main faultline being the SNP's drive for a second referendum on independence from Britain, having lost a previous plebiscite in 2014.

And former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May and now editor of the Evening Standard, told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

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