Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

Jun 12, 2017, 14:48
Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

"It was all "me, me, me, Theresa May's Conservatives, Theresa May's candidates". "Thatcher put me out of work when she closed pits", said Jim Smith, 74, who lost his job at a mining machinery firm.

The Conservatives lost an absolute majority they had enjoyed prior to the snap election on June 8, which May had called to strengthen her hand in the upcoming Brexit negotiations slated for June 19.

Theresa May today struck a business as usual tone as she announced that she will carry on as Britain's Prime Minister despite a hung Parliament verdict in the general election and kick start Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU) as planned in 10 days time.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a parliamentary majority. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262. MP Anna Soubry called on May to "consider her position" following "a pretty awful campaign", in which the Conservatives squandered much of a 20-point lead in the polls.

Speaking after a successful election for Labour which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her majority in the House of Commons, Corbyn said people have had enough of austerity politics and cuts in public expenditures.

The influential ConservativeHome website, edited by former MP Paul Goodman, said the "consensus view" among Tory backbenchers and ministers is that Ms Hill and Mr Timothy "must go". Former Chancellor George Osborne, who was sacked from the Cabinet by May, said he doubted whether she can "survive in the long term as Conservative leader".

She said a government with the support of the DUP would "allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

The Conservatives, as the largest party, have the best chance of achieving this, especially with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, a natural ally.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to May and would be talking with the Conservatives about "how it may it be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

"Now let's get to work", she said before entering No. 10 Downing Street.

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"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

If May can get through this vote with the help of the DUP she can continue in government.

She raised concerns with British Prime Minister Theresa May over the DUP's controversial stance on gay rights.

The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence.

Scotland's government wants a special deal to stay in the single market or, if not, to secede and stay in or rejoin the EU.

The British Parliament runs on majority votes: if you don't have more than the 326 votes needed for a majority, then you can not function. Queen Elizabeth will deliver the "Queen's Speech", setting out the government's plans for the new parliamentary session.

There's also the question of whether a so-called "hard" Brexit is now off the cards, and maybe markets will be relieved if that proves to be the case.

"I've always voted Labour, but these past couple of times no, so I'll give Liberal Democrats a chance".

The new Parliament won't reverse Brexit but I can not see Labour, SNP Liberal Democrats, Greens and indeed moderate Tory MPs accepting a hard Brexit that would risk tariff barriers, queues at Dover and needless damage being done to manufacturing, agriculture, financial services and the IT industries. "This is still on".

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