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General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May is likely to face questions about the Conservatives’ election campaign when she meets the party’s backbenchers later. The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the Democratic Unionists. Mrs May hopes to strike a deal with the DUP to support her minority government. The meeting comes after she finalised her cabinet, with Michael Gove returning as environment secretary. BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the meeting with the ...

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France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls closed, projections showed La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) set to win more than 400 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. Mr Macron’s party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no political experience. The second round of the vote is held next Sunday. Forecasts by two polling organisations gave LREM well over 30% of first round ...

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General election 2017: Theresa May is a dead woman walking, says Osborne

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May is “a dead woman walking” who will inevitably face a leadership challenge, former Tory Chancellor George Osborne has said. Mr Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, said Tory MPs were “furious” that Mrs May had not acknowledged their losses in the general election. But defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the prime minister was changing her leadership style. He said: “There is no other party that has any legitimacy or credibility.” ‘Death row’ Speaking on the Andrew Marr ...

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U.K. election fallout; Verizon/Yahoo deal; Uber crisis; Rate hike?

What the UK election means for the economy 1. U.K. election fallout: All eyes will be on Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to cobble together a new government after last week’s election shocker. May wants to strike a deal with a tiny Northern Ireland party, the Democratic Unionist Party, after losing a conservative majority in Parliament. The Democratic Unionist Party holds 10 seats that could make or break her coalition. Whether or not May can create a new government will have a big impact on how the Brexit ...

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General election 2017: Fallon defends DUP government 'deal'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would only apply to “big issues” like the economy and security, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon said talks were seeking an agreement – which would not be a formal coalition – to keep a minority Tory government in power. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Sir Michael also distanced himself from the DUP’s conservative stance on social issues. “It doesn’t mean we now agree with all their views,” he said. Overnight there was confusion ...

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Election 2017: DUP agrees 'confidence' deal with Tories

The Democratic Unionist Party have agreed in principle a “confidence and supply” deal to support a Conservative government, it has been announced. Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election, while the DUP won 10 seats. Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson went to Belfast on Saturday for talks with the Northern Irish party. Downing Street said the details of the outline deal would be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday. Any agreement would come into force when Parliament returns next week. A ...

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Labour election result not good enough, Chris Leslie says

Labour’s election result should not be seen as a “famous victory” and was “not good enough”, says former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie. The Labour MP, who has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he recognised the party ran an “effective campaign” but a Conservative prime minister currently sits in No 10. Questions should be asked about how the party can win a majority, he added. The Tories have said they will form a government with the support of the DUP. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr ...

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks

Theresa May is expected to finalise her team of ministers later as she seeks to form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. Ministers say initial talks have begun with Northern Ireland’s DUP after the Conservatives failed to secure a majority in Thursday’s election. The Tories needed 326 seats to win but fell short by eight. The DUP won 10. Labour has urged Mrs May to “make way” for it to form a government and she also faces criticism over the DUP deal. The leader of the ...

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Election results 2017: Paul Nuttall quits as UKIP leader

Media playback is unsupported on your device UKIP’s Paul Nuttall has stood down as leader of the party after it failed to win any seats in the general election. He has resigned with immediate effect and it was announced former party chairman Steve Crowther would lead UKIP on an interim basis. Mr Nuttall took 3,308 votes in Boston and Skegness – more than 10,000 fewer votes than the party’s result in 2015. He said it was clear “UKIP requires a new focus and new ideas” but was confident it had ...

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Election 2017: The seats still to watch out for

The UK is to have a hung parliament after the Conservatives failed to win an overall majority in the general election. The Conservatives are predicted to end the night with 316 seats, Labour with 265, the SNP with 34 and the Lib Dems with 13. Parties require 326 seats to command a majority. Prime Minister Theresa May’s party may now have to depend on Northern Irish Unionist support to maintain its position in office. Based on analysis by professor of politics John Curtice and his team, these are the undeclared ...

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