Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

ITV: Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to UK PM May in leaked text

ITV: Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to UK PM May in leaked text

Subsequently she said she felt "sorry" for colleagues who had lost jobs.

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May a year ago after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing.

But May's hold on power remained tenuous Sunday as she tried to finalise a deal with a small Northern Irish party to prop up her minority government.

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

"I think what we fundamentally saw in this election was we've taken on the mantle of change".

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

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"For me that means a shadow cabinet and a front bench of all the talents", he said. "I believe that's important".

The fallout from Thursday's snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the United Kingdom.

Osborne contrasted May's low profile in the wake of the results with Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing the prime minister of being "in hiding". He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.

This marked an apparent reversal of plans to turf out those considered less than loyal - a sign of her weakened stature in a party that traditionally craves strong leaders.

However, ITV political editor Robert Peston had earlier said Theresa May preferred a more formal coalition, in the interests of stability.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union. She's attempting to form a government.

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"Theresa May is dead woman walking".

In a hint at the approach she wanted, she said: "It is about making sure that we put free trade at the heart of what it is we seek to achieve as we leave".

May's only hope of forming a government now is to win support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats. The DUP would likely provide backing for a Conservative budget and back key legislation as part of a "confidence and supply" deal in return for Conservative approval of certain DUP objectives.

Mrs. May is due to meet with the 1922 Committee on Tuesday evening after meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster.

Corbyn said he did not think May had any credibility and it was "unclear" what kind of programme the Conservatives would be able to put forward.

He told the BBC that he will call on MPs from all other parties to back his policies instead of May's. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

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