Theresa May strikes deal with Democratic Unionist Party to form government

Theresa May strikes deal with Democratic Unionist Party to form government, by Laura Hughes.

Theresa May will ask the Queen for permission to form a minority Government when she visits Buckingham Palace at 12.30pm, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister is refusing to quit despite her disastrous election night as the UK voted for a hung parliament.

Mrs May is believed to have struck a deal, but not a formal coalition agreement, with the Democratic Unionist Party which will narrowly give her the numbers she needs to pass legislation in the House of Commons. …

As things stood on Friday morning, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, a loss of 12, while Labour had won 261, a gain of 29.

And with 649 of the 650 seats now declared, no single party will be able to secure the 326 seats needed for an overall majority, with a hung parliament now guaranteed.

That means that Mrs May’s path to power will likely require a deal to be done with the DUP, which increased its representation at Westminster from eight to 10.

hat-tip Stephen Neil