Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: Press Association
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will form a new government with support from the Democratic Unionist Party after her gamble on a snap election dramatically backfired.
After seeking permission from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mrs May announced the new alliance on the steps of Downing Street.
“This Government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union,” she said.
Theresa May has announced that she will form a new government with support from the DUParty
“It will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change that I set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London.”
Downing Street had earlier confirmed that Mrs May would not step down as Conservative Party leader following the shock general election outcome of a hung parliament.
The Tories remain the largest party but shed 12 MPs – leaving the party short of commanding the House of Commons less than two weeks before Brexit negotiations are scheduled to begin.