Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

Laverne Mann
June 17, 2017

Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several.

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. He tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe". "Let's get on with the job".

Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in the general elections that has resulted in a hung parliament.

US President Donald Trump has told British Prime Minister Theresa May that he looks forward to working with her in strengthening bilateral ties after she made a decision to form a minority government following snap polls, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Corbyn also said there's enough opposition in Parliament and in May's own party to topple the government.

In Thursday's election the Conservatives won 318 of the 650 House of Commons seats, 12 fewer than the party had before the snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Labour, written off as nearly unelectable just weeks ago, surpassed expectations by securing 261 seats in a last-minute surge of support. So this election has actually left not only her but the United Kingdom as a whole looking like it's in a much weaker position.

"We had 10 percent more voters than in 2015, and those voters were mainly younger voters — and they were really attracted by Labour's promise to abolish tuition fees", said Edward Morgan-Jones, a politics lecturer at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

In opposition, Labour leader Corbyn has long criticized Israel's approval of additional settlements in the West Bank, adding that he would have recognized a Palestinian state if he had become prime minister.

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To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks.

A stony-faced May, speaking on the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, said on Friday the government would provide certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal. Under this arrangement other parties would agree to support the government in any votes of confidence or budgetary votes, without which the government would fall. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. The DUP is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and once appointed an environment minister who believes human-driven climate change is a myth. The speech will be followed by several days of debate and a vote - and defeat would nearly certainly topple the government.

"We will - obviously - amend the Queen's Speech".

Mr Leslie said Labour MPs were "working in this together" but he would not commit to serving in a shadow cabinet.

Corbyn would be unlikely to win backing for a minority government, but was clearly reveling in a storming performance after pundits had pronounced the Labour Party all but dead.

If Corbyn had claimed seven more seats, the total seats won by Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and one independent MP would have come to 322 - enough to dethrone the Conservatives of their power.

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