Theresa May has decided to join forces with the DUP to form the new Government. She has announced the following Cabinet positions:
Exchequer: Phillip Hammond
Home: Amber Rudd
Foreign Affairs: Boris Johnson
Brexit: David Davis
Defence: Michael Fallon
Given these were the same ministers in these same posts, it would appear that this is the price she paid to stay leader.
Her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill would appear to be on the out. They have come in for heavy criticism for their insular style (and obviously helping lose the election).
Many party members are expressing their dismay at the lack of a leadership change.
The Guardian reports one MP saying, “We all f**king hate her. But there is nothing we can do. She has totally f**ked us”.
The first Brexit talks start in 10 days. Europe comes to the talks fully aware that the other side of the table does not have the full confidence of her people, and a shaky confidence of her party.
An impromptu protest formed outside Downing Street calling for May to quit and not do a deal with the DUP.
Finally, we have confirmation on the last seat of Kensington. A Conservative stronghold, and the country’s richest constituency, Labour has taken it.
Lib Dem: 12
Sinn Fein: 7 (will not sit in Parliament)
Plaid Cymru: 4
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