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Theresa May assured Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, LGBTI rights are safe under coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party.

A majority is important because it theoretically allows the ruling party, the biggest, to get legislation passed. "Let's get on with the job", Johnson said on Twitter on Saturday.

After calling a snap election in April in anticipation of a landslide, she ended up with an electoral train wreck, in which her Conservative Party actually lost its parliamentary majority.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

May's party won 318 seats, eight short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

May had stated on at least seven occasions that she would not call an early election, but with the right-wing media on her side, May believed that she could wipe Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party off the face of the United Kingdom's political map. May, or whoever takes her place, will find it much harder to walk away. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take".

If no viable administration can be constructed which would be capable of getting its budget and its programme through Parliament, then voters could be asked to return to the polling stations for the third general election in as many years.

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May also undertook to keep senior ministers, saying they would remain in their posts, despite rumours that she had been ready to sack Finance Minister Philip Hammond following a clash over her Brexit strategy.

May's former director of communications, Katie Perrior, spoke openly Saturday about the behavior of the two aides, which she described as tyrannical, and resulted in an office that was "pretty dysfunctional".

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will work with "friends and allies" in the DUP to enable her to lead a government.

Downing Street said it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.

An online petition in objection to the Tories and DUP forming a minority government has gathered more than 300,000 signatures.

The spokesman indicated this would not be a formal coalition but a minority government with looser DUP support on a "confidence and supply basis".

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

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Many have been quick to condemn the move to prop up the government with the DUP due to their stance on LGBT rights, abortion and climate change. Davidson also said she had received reassurances from May that the party's deal with the DUP would not involve a rollback of gay rights.

By striking a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists, the Conservatives will effectively hold 329 seats.

Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes and former chair of the Commons health committee, said: "I do think she should stay on but I wouldn't be surprised if we end up having another election soon and people will be absolutely appalled by it".

The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence.

"What's happened is people have said they've had quite enough of austerity politics", Corbyn said in a speech after the vote, "they've had quite enough of cuts to public expenditure, under-funding our health service, under-funding our schools and our education service, and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in our society".

"I think the message of the election is: have fair discussions with the European Union and have another think about whether it is good for Britain to leave the European Union in this way", Gabriel added.

In the 2015 general election campaign, DUP health minister Jim Wells resigned amid a controversy about remarks he made about same sex couples. "This is still on".

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