DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May

A petition against British prime minister Theresa May's deal with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) garnered almost 6,00,000 signatures on Saturday as concern grew over her plan to govern with their support.

The Conservative party lost its majority in the House of Commons after a Labour vote surge saw it take seats from the Tories across the country (but particularly in the capital), leaving May reliant on the DUP to pass a Queen's Speech, one of the central acts of government.

The details of the agreement "will be put forward for discussion and agreement" at a cabinet meeting tomorrow, a day before the new parliament meets, the spokesman said.

"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.

The new statement came after Downing Street earlier said the DUP had agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support a Conservative government.

However, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on the Andrew Marr show he believed the Conservative Party and the DUP will be able to hold together in government.

The DUP whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks. The DUP has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

But the newspapers were unsparing, with The Observer writing: "Discredited, humiliated, diminished".

But Mr Corbyn said: "I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".

The Labour leader today said they will table amendment which contains Labour's manifesto and try to drum up support in the Commons to get it passed.

May sought to frame the campaign around Brexit, but two terror attacks put scrutiny on her record of cutting police numbers, turning to the debate back to austerity, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to end.

Two of May's chief advisers resigned Saturday over the poorly managed campaign, which led to the ruling party's losing majority in parliament by eight seats.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, replaces joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.

The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.

Principal among them is Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson who, having helped her party win 13 seats in Scotland, has already expressed her concerns about the DUP's attitudes to homosexuality and women's rights.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the Prime Minister on, and I received [them]".

London's neutrality in Northern Ireland is key to the delicate balance of power in the province once plagued by decades of unrest.

Following talks between Mrs May and the DUP on Saturday night, a second statement confirmed that no final deal had been reached.



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