Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Party leader Foster is expected to seek concessions in a new government. "She said: "[The DUP-Conservative coalition] has made the possibility of successful talks more remote - there is now no credibility for the Tory government to be an independent chair, putting the entire process in real danger of collapsing".

The Democratic Unionist Party has cooled talk of a done deal to prop up Theresa May in Downing Street, insisting it has yet to "enter discussions".

But in one of the most sensational nights in British electoral history, a resurgent Labour Party denied her an outright win, throwing the country into political turmoil.

"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole UK", Theresa said.

Prior to June 8, the leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon was pushing hard for a second referendum, after losing the 2014 independence vote. "That's what we will deliver. now let's get to work".

She came to prominence after resigning over the "cash for ash" scandal, having overseen a government programme that misused public funds.

The party with the most female lawmakers is the opposition Labour party with almost half of its elected members of parliament (MPs) women, while the smaller Green Party's only elected MP is a woman. A formal agreement is yet to be reached.

A DUP source was reported as saying: "We want there to be a government".

The party also wrote to the Prime Minister previous year, seeking assurances of funds from the United Kingdom government to replace European Union subsidies after Britain leaves the 28-nation trade block.

When the Conservatives only won 318 of the 326 parliamentary seats they needed for a majority in the House of Commons, this small party enthusiastically emerged as kingmaker. The Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile gained at least 29 seats, shattering the Conservatives' hope of gaining a clear validation of their Brexit strategy.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights groups said there could be as many as 44 openly gay, lesbian or bisexual elected MPs. It was tough enough when she had her own majority.

Theresa May therefore remains Prime Minister despite criticism about the Conservative Party's campaign.

The loyalist and socially conservative party, the biggest in Northern Ireland, has drawn controversy for opposing same-sex marriage and any reform of the province's strict abortion laws.

The role of the DUP in propping up the United Kingdom government will undoubtedly complicate negotiations between the Protestant and Catholic parties.

"You really couldn't make it up".

She explained that her government will seek to lead the country through Brexit negotiations, rejecting speculation she will delay negotiations on leaving the European Union which begin in ten days' time.

Mr Farron said Britain now had a government that was "weaker and less stable at a time when we are about to embark on the most hard and most complex negotiations in our history".