Who are the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)?

Nick Mcbride
June 12, 2017

IT became clear that the Conservative Party had fallen short of a majority in Parliament, Arlene Foster's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) immediately made clear its delight at the prospect of wielding new clout at Westminster.

In a statement at Downing Street, after returning from Buckingham Palace, where she received the Queen's permission to form a government, May shrugged off a growing backlash in the Conservative party, and said she would provide the "certainty" the country needed, reports the Guardian.

Former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May and now editor of the Evening Standard, told ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in the election, eight short of an outright majority.

She made the election about her and Jeremy Corbyn, but the electorate has largely said up yours to that sentiment.

Negotiations should be led by a government and a Prime Minister that will be in place for the duration, and so we call for a delay to the scheduled start of negotiations rather than a rush to begin in 11 days' time.

The Conservatives took home 316 - a fall of 12 seats - and will need the DUP's support to reach the 326 required to form a government.

It is now the largest party in the territory and is being led by Arlene Foster.

"This exit poll is a thunderbolt that leaves only two outcomes realistically in play; a slender Tory majority or a hung parliament", Samuel Tombs of Pantheon Macroeconomics wrote in an emailed statement, adding "Settle in for a long night". "That's not a matter for me", she said.

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The far-right Front National got merely a 14% share of the vote, according to an Ipsos exit poll; that is the same as in 2012. Le Pen lamented the "catastrophic" low turnout in the first round of parliamentary elections .

The British province's largest party was among the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for Brexit and wants Britain to leave the EU's customs union, but its manifesto focused heavily on maintaining the benefits of membership.

In another sign of the dangers facing Mrs May, Sunday papers reported that Boris Johnson was either being encouraged to make a leadership bid in an effort to oust her, or actually preparing one - a claim dismissed as "tripe" by the Foreign Secretary.

The last count of the election saw Labour overturn a 7,000 majority in Kensington, London, where Emma Dent Coad saw off Tory incumbent Victoria Borwick by just 20 votes after a third recount.

Mr Corbyn, speaking after being re-elected in Islington North, said it was time for Mrs May to "make way" for a government that would be "truly representative of the people of this country".

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall faced humiliation in Boston & Skegness, where he came in a distant third, and the eurosceptic party lost its only Westminster seat in Clacton.

The party's deputy leader Nigel Dodds has called the plan "hot air".

She said: "I want to make sure that Scottish businesses can trade as freely as possible with the other 27 countries in the European Union as well as the other countries around the world".

Ms Davidson, who wields considerable influence after the Scottish Conservatives won 13 seats, said: "I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for".

Other reports by VgToday

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