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PM to seek to form United Kingdom government

PM to seek to form United Kingdom government

British Prime Minister Theresa May believes she can form a government and will go to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to do so.

Pointedly calling her party the Conservative and Unionist Party she hailed the already strong relationship with the DUP and said that only her party with its highest number of seats for any single party and its highest share of the vote - 42 per cent against Labour's 40 per cent - could offer "legitimacy" and stability and command a majority in the Commons.

A brazen Theresa May spoke to reporters in Downing Street, accompanied by her husband Philip, as soon as her auto returned to Downing Street from Buckingham Palace shortly before 1.00 pm.

The Tories fell short of an overall majority in the election - a fact May did not make any reference to - and May said she would govern by working with "our friends and allies" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), adding "certainty" is what the country needed most.

'I just met with Her Majesty and now I am ready to for a new a government: a government able to provide certainty and to lead the United Kingdom in these crucial times.

The Conservative leader sought to create a "strong and stable government" ahead of the Brexit negotiations slated to begin on June 19.

May met stiff competition from her rival Jeremy Corbyn of the opposition Labour Party, who garnered 261 seats in the election, a gain of 29.




Mrs May has faced calls to quit from within her own party, with Anna Soubry saying she should consider her position after a "disastrous" campaign and Nigel Evans saying "things needs to change" in her dealings with the party.

"I expect more uncertainty now".

She said the two parties will work together in the "interests of the whole UK".

Shortly before her statement, senior DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said it was "much too early" to talk of a formal deal. She said leaving the European Union referendum was what people had voted for past year, and added: "Now let's get to work".

Instead, conservatives ended up losing 12 seats in Thursday's election.

That's what people voted for last June, that's what we will deliver.

Other party leaders aren't so hopeful though.


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