May to stay – but for how long?

Theresa May has vowed to remain leader of the Conservatives, and is open to forming a coalition government with the Democratic Unionist Party.

The Conservatives reached 317 seats, short of the 326 needed to form a majority government, and must now form a coalition with a willing party.  

The DUP has emerged as the frontrunner to take the role, after the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party ruled out forming a coalition with the Tories.

The DUP received 10 seats, making it the fifth largest party in the UK.  

Although a resurgent Labour reached 232 seats, up 30 from the election in 2015, that still left them too far adrift to form a coalition government of their own, which leaves a Conservative-DUP alliance the most likely conclusion to what has been a prolonged election period.

However, whether May stays on as Prime Minister of the eventual government remains to be seen, with several Conservative MPs calling for her resignation in the wake of a disastrous election campaign that saw the party’s representation in Westminster decrease by 13 seats.

Indeed, with both of May’s closest aides resigning following the election, there is likely to be much reshuffling and uncertainty within the government, whatever the outcome of the negotiating process.

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