UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Embattled British PM Theresa May Saturday began finalising her cabinet of ministers and held talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to determine the contours of the party's support for her minority government.

"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years", she said.

The DUP whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks.

Ms May is working on a cabinet reshuffle, which is expected to be limited as the election result means she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

Party leader Arlene Foster - who is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, not one of her party's 10 Westminster MPs - was selling the DUP somewhat short when she wrote the foreword to her party's 23-page manifesto for this month's snap election. This often puts the government under pressure to accede to demands from parties with a smaller mandate than them, or face the prospect of losing crucial votes.

But it was Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party that made the largest gains as Ms May ran what many commentators called a lacklustre campaign, and Mr Corbyn managed a much more focused effort than many had anticipated.

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said when asked about their future.

The details of the power deal with the DUP are set to be discussed at a cabinet meeting Monday, a day before the new parliament is sworn in.

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A very personalized, nearly presidential style of campaigning has contributed to the Conservative Party's loss of support, said Mark Goodwin, lecturer at the department of political science and worldwide studies at the University of Birmingham in England.

They quit following reports that a number of Conservative MPs would force a leadership election if the pair remained in their jobs.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose performance was one of the few highlights of the Tory election campaign, said she had received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with DUP. "Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".

Theresa May is to head a minority Conservative government - propped up by the Democratic Unionists - after her General Election gamble backfired disastrously.

One clear collision course the DUP has with the Conservatives is protecting the "triple lock" on state pensions that Theresa May proposed to jettison. She said: "I'm sorry for all those colleagues who lost their seats".

Now the DUP have become kingmakers for the whole United Kingdom, prompting a spike in Google searches that at one point crashed the party's website.

The prime minister has vowed to pull Britain out of Europe's single market in order to end mass migration from the bloc, despite fears of the economic impact.

If May is to honour the wish of the 52 per cent of voters who opted previous year to take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party.

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