British PM Theresa May apologises to own MPs for 'election mess'
Jun 24 2017
To hold the lawmakers' loyalty, May will probably have to give them more say in shaping her policies; the chairman of the committee, Graham Brady, has called for a "much more open and inclusive approach within government, within Parliament".
"She said, 'I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it, '" one Conservative lawmaker said after the meeting.
Latest counting showed that May's Conservative Party has lost its slim majority and with only 318 seats won, needs another eight to form an outright majority.
"We talked about the importance of engagement", said one MP present at the meeting.
After deciding to stay on as British PM despite the disastrous election results, Theresa May on Monday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time in the day.
The FTSE 100 index rose by 1.0% the day after the elections, for a 5.4% gain this year to 9 June, as the increased uncertainty prompted by the snap elections results was more than negated by the British currency's depreciation - one that would improve United Kingdom exporters' competitiveness and increase foreign earnings when converted back into local currency.
"Maybe the people of England, Scotland and Wales will begin to learn about the true nature of the DUP, their homophobia, their sexism, their sectarianism and their anti-Irish regressive, politics".
A deal between British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland could be delayed until next week after a massive fire engulfed the Grenfell Towers in London early on Wednesday killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, DUP sources said.
Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, was pictured outside number 10 with her deputy Nigel Dodds.
Both sides expect a deal to be agreed on Wednesday, which would guarantee the DUP's support for Ms May's minority government on important votes.
"The reason for leaving the single market is because we want to take back control of our borders, they're not compatible", he told BBC radio.
But a deal with the DUP risks destabilising the political balance in Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists who have struggled for years with Irish Catholic nationalists who want Northern Ireland to join a united Ireland.Former Prime Minister John Major said he was concerned a deal with the DUP could thrust the province back towards violence almost two decades since a US -brokered peace deal brought peace to Northern Ireland."The last thing anybody wishes to see is one or other of the communities so aggrieved that the hard men, who are still there lurking in the corners of the communities, decide that they wish to return to some form of violence", Major told BBC radio."I am concerned about the deal".
Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, leaves a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London.
This could also mean talks with the European Union might not begin on June 19 as expected.
When asked about the Daily Telegraph article, Michael Gove, a minister who campaigned for Brexit, told ITV: "This is news to me".
In a reflection of her newfound humility, May managed a joke at her own expense as Britain's House of Commons got underway in the first sitting after Thursday's general election.
Conservative MPs who left the meeting, described her performance as "heartfelt", "powerful" and "contrite".
"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France... is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester. She has called for a closer relationship with the European Union after Brexit. In Clegg's words, this has been a "topsy turvy" election: Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the man who "could not win", has pulled off a kind of victory while still failing to become the largest party.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far.