Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

Who are the DUP and what seats did they win at the General Election

But in a catastrophic setback, the bet failed and she lost her overall majority.

Mrs May said the Conservatives - which secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats - were the only party that, alongside northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist, could command a majority in parliament.

Over the next five years, she said, we will build a country and society that will leave no-one behind and would share opportunities across the UK.

For a clear election victory, a political party typically needs to win 326 seats (accounting for the 326 votes in the House of Commons).

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one ex-colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of government. A "soft" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom gets to stay in the single market and European Union citizens can remain in the United Kingdom, now seems more likely but that will require a great deal of horse-trading.

A situation where no party could secure majority seats is called a #Hung Parliament and could lead the country into political controversy thereby creating a scenario for forming a coalition government.

"This government will guide our country through Brexit talks".

"The DUP will always strive for the best deal for Northern Ireland and its people", she said.

"The irony of this is that Theresa May is calling this a certainty government and talking about how it's delivering certainty", said Brian Klaas, a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. The party has campaigned against the decriminalising homosexuality in the past and could alienate the more liberal wing of the Tory party.

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The DUP is commonly seen to be more left-leaning on public spending but more hardline on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion than the Conservatives.

Now led by NI First Minister Arlene Foster, the DUP has maintained its core Christian values and right-wing policies in a power-sharing government at Stormont, although there has been gridlock in recent months as the parties could not reach an agreement following an inconclusive Assembly election.

May unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, even though no vote was due until 2020.

"However, we need to do it in a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland, and, of course, our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland".

The DUP also supported Britain's exit from the European Union in last year's Brexit referendum.

Chants of "Tories out, refugees in" and "Tories out, Corbyn in" were led by a vocal core on a loudspeaker.

The UK independence party didn't get a parliament seat this time around, leaving the Tories with only one possible option for a coalition with the DUP.

The Czech Prime Minister said Britain should not be granted any extension on the 2-year Brexit deadline. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

While that to-and-fro was unfolding, several British newspapers were reporting that some prominent Conservatives, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, were being urged by supporters to challenge May for the party leadership.

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