'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

Aaron Brown
June 12, 2017

In a resignation statement on the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and missed signs of surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

"I sincerely hope that London is now opening up its negotiating position", he said.

Theresa May's top aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have resigned.

But former party leader Iain Duncan Smith said a leadership contest now would be a "catastrophe".

But Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the DUP, which is opposed to abortion and gay rights.

However, the Conservative Party were only 287 votes from forming a majority government and could have done so by winning four seats.

"We will happily have the support of members of the Labour Party as well on some of our policies", he said. May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a personal blow.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last.

Downing Street said an outline agreement on a "confidence and supply" arrangement had been reached with the DUP which will be put to the Cabinet for discussion on Monday.

Police stand guard as protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration against the Conservative party alliance with the DUP outside Downing Street on Saturday. "We have a programme, we have support and we are ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be".

And she enlisted the help of the hard-right DUP to get her over the line.

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Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

The talks were in line with Mrs Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

"She's staying, for now", one Conservative Party source told Reuters.

With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn't wield much power on its own - but those seats, if they vote with May's party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.

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

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.

The Good Friday accords led to a power-sharing arrangement between nationalist, largely Catholic parties who want to join Ireland and the pro-British Protestant community. May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her plan to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union, so she could slash immigration.

An analysis of marginal seats in the United Kingdom general election has revealed exactly how many votes away Jeremy Corbyn was from becoming Prime Minister. "I just don't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

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