Senior UK Cabinet ministers offer support to prime minister

Posted June 13, 2017

The result came as a surprise to many, with opinion polls prior to the election sitting in May's favour.

Davis, whose Conservative Party is due to put its policy programme or Queen's Speech to parliament on June 19 after failing to win a majority during Thursday's election, said the Brexit talks would begin at some point next week.

But there is speculation she may now be forced to soften her approach, which had included a threat to walk away without a new trade deal in place.

"I can still be prime minister".

This marked an apparent reversal of plans to turf out those considered less than loyal - a sign of her weakened stature in a party that traditionally craves strong leaders.

So who is really in charge?

"That's so important to those of us who live right on the border because thousands of people travel over and back to whatever side of the border they are working on".

But even in this her lack of authority prevented her from major moves or sackings.

She had been hoping to do much better than the 318 seats the Conservative Party gained and the disappointing result was blamed on her poor campaign.

MPs and ministers also feel they were treated disdainfully by May's two chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, who resigned over the weekend as the PM tried to make concessions.

The MPs continued that the committee was in agreement with the Prime Minister that another General Election or a party leadership election will not be held in the foreseeable future as they are "the last thing the country needs".

Sources said the Prime Minister told the meeting, to loud cheers: "I've been stuffing envelopes since I was 12 years old, and I will continue to serve as long as you want me".

However, George Osborne, a former finance minister who is now editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper and a vocal critic of May, said she appeared a "dead woman walking".

An alliance, at what cost?

The Conservatives are now trying to secure the support of Northern Ireland's 10 Democratic Unionist Party lawmakers to assure passage of May's program. "They are all rights issues subject to previous agreements".

Even if Corbyn is unable to challenge government, the Conservatives may find it hard to pass policies through the House without a more comfortable majority, especially with an alliance with a party that disagrees with it so much. That power is now lost.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he believes there is a majority in Parliament to maintain the winter fuel allowance and "triple lock" state pension guarantee, two policies, preventing the Conservatives from carrying out key parts of their manifesto.

She is facing a showdown with Conservative MPs on the backbench 1922 Committee amid anger over the way the party saw its majority wiped out in the General Election.

The SNP also had a bad election, dropping 21 seats, with most of these being taken by Tory MPs.

The political turmoil comes a week before Britain is due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.

May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said.

"We've been through this in the past in the 1970s and it can be incredibly hard", said Lord Karan Bilimoria, the crossbench member of the House of Lords, who has been an outspoken critic of the Prime Minister and believes the Conservative Party conference later this year was a likely moment for the party to review its leadership.