Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

UK election 2017: What happens in case of a hung parliament?

Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party.

Theresa May looks set to be backed by the Democratic Unionist Party as she attempts to run a minority government following her general election disaster.

"I and other senior colleagues have made that clear to her", said defence minister Michael Fallon.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall faced humiliation in Boston & Skegness, where he came in a distant third, and the eurosceptic party lost its only Westminster seat in Clacton. A latest YouGov poll for "The Sunday Times" revealed that voters, by a margin of 48 per cent to 38 per cent, believe the Prime Minister should resign and for the first time Corbyn has drawn level with May on the question of who would be the best Prime Minister.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland", said the MP, who is a lesbian.

The party will fall behind her - for now - because the alternative is so much worse for them.

Mrs May is still in Downing Street, but she is no longer in power.

May's new chief of staff will be Gavin Barwell, a former MP who was ousted from his south London constituency as a result of Labour's unexpectedly strong showing in the election.

But Conservative former minister Anna Soubry said she should "consider her position" and take personal responsibility for a "dreadful" campaign and a "deeply flawed" manifesto after choosing to go to the country three years early in the hope of extending her majority. "It is also important for the prospect of successful Brexit negotiations that we have certainty in the political system", she added in a statement.

"The British economy has actually held up remarkably well over the last 12 months after the Brexit vote", Andy Baldwin, a senior partner at financial group EY told AFP on Friday.

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.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "very good discussions" so far on how her 10 MPs could support a Conservative minority government, and she would travel to London to meet May on Tuesday.

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said.

May had called the election to give her a mandate for her strategy to take Britain out of Europe's single market in order to end mass migration from the continent. But Johnson reacted to media speculation on Twitter by dismissing any rebellion: "I am backing Theresa May".

Details of the agreement will be discussed and agreed by cabinet on Monday ( Tim Ireland/PA) A Downing Street spokesman said details will be discussed and agreed by cabinet on Monday, after which more information is likely to be released.

A Tory-DUP alliance will be so fragile that it may even have collapsed under the weight of disapproval from the prime minister's own MPs by the time this article is published.

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