Friday, 16 November, 2018

UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party

The UK uses the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs The UK uses the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs
Ellis Copeland | 12 June, 2017, 14:39

May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government.

"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together, in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", she added.

The Tories needed 326 seats to win another majority but they fell short and must rely on the DUP to continue to rule.

Negotiations should be led by a government and a Prime Minister that will be in place for the duration, and so we call for a delay to the scheduled start of negotiations rather than a rush to begin in 11 days' time.

The author of the 'Stop the DUP & TORIES forming a Minority Government!' petition, writing under the pen name Winston Churchill, called the proposed alliance "a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power".

Downing Street said the Northern Ireland party had given an "outline agreement" approval in principle, throwing a lifeline to the Tories, but the DUP responded by saying talks were "ongoing".

DUP leader Arlene Foster has refused to give premature promises, noting that she has always found it quite hard to work with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The DUP now has 10 seats in this election - up from eight in the 2015 vote.

According to the Telegraph, Former Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells said he and other DUP members of the Northern Irish Assembly would split from the party if it ever relaxed its opposition to marriage equality.

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There had been speculation Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, would be vulnerable in a post-election re-shuffle and the decision to leave him in the Treasury was being seen as a sign of her weakness after her Commons majority was wiped out.

Their manifesto states they support the nuclear deterrent, which puts them at odds with Corbyn.

"Nearly 13 million people voted for us to do it".

"There is no doubt that the Conservative Party failed to match the initial expectations of a convincing landslide", Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics and worldwide relations at the University of Kent, England, told ABC News via email one day before the election.

May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the EU.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall faced humiliation in Boston & Skegness, where he came in a distant third, and the eurosceptic party lost its only Westminster seat in Clacton.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said: "Theresa May's authority has been undermined by this election".

"They are wrong and they need to understand why we take those positions from a faith point of view and why we want to protect the definition of marriage", she said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, often tipped as a potential successor to Mrs May as Tory leader, said: "We've got to listen to our constituents and listen to their concerns".

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