BREAKING: Theresa May to visit Queen at 12.30pm after coalition talks with DUP

9 Jun

The DUP and Conservatives have been in close touch throughout Mrs May’s year in power, and contacts are believed to have continued as election results came in this morning.

The Northern Irish party is thought to have been cautious about committing itself to an arrangement because of uncertainty about the future of the Tory leadership.

Asked if she thought Mrs May would be able to stay in her job, the DUP leader told the BBC: “I don’t know”, adding: “I think it will be difficult for her to survive.”

That view was echoed by former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May and now editor of the Evening Standard.

He told ITV: “Clearly if she’s got a worse result than two years ago and is almost unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader.”

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