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Conservatives' chief whip in North for DUP talks

Conservatives' chief whip in North for DUP talks

May's two top aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced they had quit on Saturday, following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged May on Saturday and questioned whether she could remain in power, only two months after she started the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority and the Prime Minister's attempts to form a minority goverment with the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) are coming under fire from the media and her inner circles.

He wrote on the ConservativeHome site: "The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour".

Some senior Tories have made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives' losing their overall majority in Parliament.

The local currency, however, was able to bounce back and recover some of its losses in the afternoon, after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her plan to form a coalition government with the help of the Conservatives and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

May's top ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, foreign minister Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, will remain in their jobs.

Davidson, one of the few Conservatives to emerge as a victor from the election after she increased the party's presence in Scotland, said she had demanded, and received, "categoric assurance" from May that the policy would not change. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued.

Trump accuses Comey of lying under oath in fiery news conference
The Russia investigations have consumed the White House and distracted the president and lawmakers from his governing agenda. Comey also said Trump told him during a one-on-one dinner on January 27 that he needed "loyalty".

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. Several Conservative members of parliament, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have also raised concerns about the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

Labour gained 30 seats to win 262, with 40 percent of the vote compared to 42.4 percent for May.

The result has demolished May's political authority, and she has also lost her two top aides, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party.

Support for May within the party ranks plunged after the election results and now lots of party members are calling on her to step down.

While unpopular with the mainstream press, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has a large, enthusiastic following among young voters with his promises to boost spending for schools and public health, raise taxes on the wealthy and tackle growing inequality.

PARKER: I think her time as prime minister now is measured in months rather than in years.

Ireland's DUP not commenting on reports of deal with UK's May
On UKIP's future, Mr Stone said: "Paul Nuttall was at the wrong place at the wrong time, he didn't have time to breathe". In the 2015 election, Amber Rudd won the Hastings and Rye seat in southern England by nearly 5,000 votes.

However, former Conservative party leaders warned against any immediate change, with Iain Duncan Smith saying leadership contest would be a "catastrophe".

"I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality".

US President Donald Trump has told British Prime Minister Theresa May that he looks forward to working with her in strengthening bilateral ties after she chose to form a minority government following snap polls, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

She put on a fearless face, refusing to show any contrition for the election gamble that spectacularly backfired, but observers say she has been deeply wounded. Allen said she couldn't see May hanging on for "more than six months".

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

"Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union in the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome for our citizens, businesses and countries after March 2019", he said.

Concerned world leaders in touch with Qatar Foreign Minister, diplomats
Those two, Sa'd al-Ka'bi and Abd al-Latif al-Kawari, are among dozens of individuals and entities named Friday by Saudi Arabia and its three allies.


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