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

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

Speaking to media outside Number 10, Ms May spoke as certainly as though her Conservative party had won an absolute majority - which it hasn't.

May announced Friday she would build an administration bringing in support from the hardline Protestant Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to give her a fragile majority in parliament.

"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian.

Numerous key cabinet posts have already been declared as unchanged from the previous government, including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon as the in-charge of the ministry of defence.

In a resignation statement on the ConservativeHome website, Mr Timothy acknowledged one of his regrets was the way Mrs May's social care policy, dubbed the "dementia tax" by critics, had been handled.

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government.

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And with her political capital all but spent, the Prime Minister played it safe by keeping the majority of senior ministers in their previous roles.

"Dear Theresa, you are a discredited dead duck", wrote Piers Morgan, a prominent (and controversial) right-wing television and print journalist, on Saturday, accusing her of being "plain, bloody deluded", in her strategy of staying on as leader.

May's gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly, as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament.

The DUP, which won 10 seats, said it is ready to talk with May about supporting her government, although such an alliance would be far from straight forward.

But a deal between the DUP and the Conservatives would risk destabilising the delicate political balance in Northern Ireland and could significantly complicate talks due to start next week to restore the power-sharing agreement. Wollaston also said she was opposed to the death penalty and creationism being taught in schools, policies that have been supported by some DUP politicians.

Finalising that deal with Mrs Foster is critical to Mrs May's hopes of seeing off the threat of another general election in the short term and opening the Brexit talks on schedule.

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The DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion has also alarmed some in May's party, particularly Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay.

The move has been met with widespread criticism, as questions have been raised about the DUP's stance on homosexuality and abortion. And I think pretty much everyone thinks it is only a matter of time before she either resigns or is forced out by her own party. "One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country: many are exhausted of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation".

While the DUP campaigned to leave the European Union in last year's referendum, it has refused to endorse Mrs May's position that "no deal is better than a bad deal" - insisting that there must be no return of the "hard border" with the Republic.

Timothy and Hill, considered part of May's inner circle of confidants as her joint chiefs of staff, quit their Downing Street top jobs after coming under fire as the duo responsible for convincing May to call a snap general election with claims that she was assured a landslide victory. Yes, the LibDems regained a few seats in Parliament, but their share of the popular vote, at 7.2 percent, was its worst since its predecessor the Liberal Party took 5.9 percent in 1959.

Another Conservative MP, Anna Soubry, told the BBC after the results came in that May has to "obviously consider her position" and take personal responsibility for the "dreadful" election campaign and "deeply flawed" manifesto.

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