Jeremy Corbyn: I can 'absolutely' still be Prime Minister

Elias Hubbard
June 11, 2017

And now we're going to head to the United Kingdom where the political landscape has proven to be as riveting and unpredictable as in the U.S. Last week, we talked about Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election.

After seeking permission from The Queen to form a new Government, May pointedly made no reference to her party's damaging losses, leading the Evening Standard, edited by former Tory finance minister George Osborne, to splash the front-page headline "Queen of Denial".

An agreement with the DUP would bring in an additional 10 seats, pushing the party over the 326-seat threshold.

A confidence and supply deal falls short of a full coalition arrangement, but it means May would have enough votes to carry major issues in the Commons.

Some in Theresa May's own party called for her to step down as leader after the results came in.

The Labour leader said he was prepared to reach out to MPs who had been critical of his leadership, hinting he could broaden his shadow cabinet.

May's near humiliation is further underlined by the fact that she has now been reduced to negotiating a minority government with the help of the 10 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) members of parliament (MPs) in Northern Ireland, without whom she would find it hard to win a Queen's Speech, which is the centrepiece of the State Opening of Parliament and a list of the laws that the government hopes to get approved by Parliament over the coming year.

"We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".

He added: "It's very unclear on the programme they'll be able to put forward".

A number of demonstrations on the British mainland are already being planned to protest at the proposed link between the Conservatives and the DUP.

The likes of candidates Lord Sutch from the Monster Raving Looney Party and the self-styled Lord Buckethead are as much part of the furniture of the electoral architecture as the returning officers at a count.

Even before the question of a working relationship emerged, the DUP would normally vote with the Conservatives. "Everybody wants to see an agreement in the end that does respect what the British people voted for previous year".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who wields considerable influence after the Scottish Tories won 13 seats, said: "I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for".

She also confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations "as planned in the next couple of weeks", reassuring European Union leaders who had expressed doubts after May's electoral losses.

Although the party has since rescinded violence, this may seem a bit of a rich move from a party that attacked Jeremy Corbyn for his alleged links to former Northern Irish terrorists.

Blair was a participant in the peace formula which brought to an end three decades of troubles between pro-republican and pro-unionist forces in Northern Ireland.

They've effectively just replaced the Ulster Unionists (UUP) - but the two parties are anything but the same.

"The talks so far have been positive".

Another former Labour Northern Ireland secretary, ex-Neath MP Peter Hain, said he also had great concerns over the impact any Conservative-DUP pact could have. "And Conservatives, gay or straight, Catholic, Protestant or atheist, will have to offer plenty".

Timothy, one of two chiefs of staff on whom May relies heavily, said he took responsibility for his role in the Tory manifesto, criticised by many MPs, BBC reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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