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UK Prime Minister Theresa May was clinging to power by her political fingertips on Sunday after losing her parliamentary majority in last Thursday's election, as an agreement with the minority Democratic Unionist Party that would keep the Conservatives in power was still not finalized.

The stunning results thrust Northern Ireland's DUP into the forefront, with its 10 seats enough to give the Conservatives a fragile partnership in which the DUP would support a Conservative minority government without a formal coalition.

He said the Labour party will set out its own programme for government as an amendment to the Queen's Speech, focusing on austerity and a "jobs-first Brexit".

"The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week".

And, I even hope, that closer co-operation between the DUP and the Conservative Party will lead to a change in the DUP's attitude towards LGBT rights, especially with a view to unblocking the issue of equal marriage Northern Ireland.

Sunday's newspapers were unsparing, with The Observer writing: "Discredited, humiliated, diminished".

"The key finance, foreign, Brexit, interior and defense ministers would remain unchanged".

Mr Corbyn ran a superb, energetic and charismatic election campaign - I take nothing away from that.

European Union leaders fear that May's majority loss would delay the talks, which are due to begin June 19.

May's co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, handed in their resignations on Saturday following the disastrous election. And she was saying she was doing it to bring about strong and stable government.

Shabana Mahmood, a Labour Party candidate with her roots in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, was re-elected as MP for Birmingham, Ladywood.

The Conservative leader needs to reach out to potential partners and that will mean concessions in order to form a government.

May is preparing to name the rest of her cabinet after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would stay in their posts.

The Conservatives won the biggest share of seats in Thursday's election, but lost their majority in Parliament and will have to rely on support from a smaller party to govern.

Despite 70% of voters in Northern Ireland backing a change in abortion law, DUP leader Arlene Foster vows to retain the nearly total ban on terminations.

"On balance, the financial markets and the private sector would have preferred a Conservative majority to a Labour majority. and they definitely prefer stability to instability", said Tony Travers, director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics.

The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles".

The Cabinet Manual drawn up in 2010 following the inconclusive result of that year's election states that the incumbent government is "entitled to wait until the new Parliament has met to see if it can command the confidence of the House of Commons, but is expected to resign if it becomes clear that it is unlikely to be able to command that confidence and there is a clear alternative".


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