May: I’ll lead the country at this critical time

9 Jun

Facing down calls to stand down by Labour and the Lib Dems, a defiant Mrs May said only the Conservatives and DUP have “the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons” having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election.

She and her team have have spent the last several hours trying to produce a small working majority in coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party – despite facing calls to resign.

DUP MPs are meeting to discuss the situation and the party has said it “will act in the interests of the whole of the United Kingdom”, according to Sky sources.

A DUP MP earlier told Sky’s senior political correspondent Beth Rigby: “we would consider a supply and confidence arrangement to make sure Theresa May has sufficient support to keep her in government”.

In return for shoring up the Tory majority the party would want considerably more resources for Northern Ireland, more influence and involvement in trade deals, he added.

A formal agreement is yet to be reached.

Britain has a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost their majority on an extraordinary night.

The Tories remain the biggest party with 318 seats so far and Labour currently have 261 – with 326 required for a majority and just one seat left to be called.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Mrs May to resign, declaring he is “ready to serve the country” after her snap General Election gamble spectacularly backfired – and a much better than expected poll for his party.

However, he has refused to be drawn on whether he would form a minority government.

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