Theresa May is unlikely to make it to the Tory party conference as Prime Minister, Michael Portillo has said, as he accused her of lacking “humanity”. Mr Portillo, a former Cabinet member himself, said he would be “amazed” if Mrs May was still PM by October, when the Conservative Party conference takes place. The Prime Minister met fire chiefs but did not speak to residents, while her opposite number, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was seen to be meeting people affected by the blaze.
Former Tory chairman Grant Shapps said the prime minister's fox hunting plan was a 'silly idea'.
Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Theresa May’s humiliating election result with a series of gags aimed at the under-fire PM during his first speech in the Commons. The Labour leader, seemingly in his element after last Thursday’s general election, fired a number of zingers at the Prime Minister – most notably welcoming the possibility of a new “Coalition of Chaos” between the Tories and the DUP.
Sir John Major has warned that Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could threaten the Northern Ireland peace process and cost the Tories a “bucketload of votes”. The former Prime Minister, who began work engaging with the IRA to end the Northern Ireland conflict, said the peace process was still “fragile” and warned that the pact could mean the Government will no longer be seen as impartial.
Senior Conservatives and Labour MPs have met in secret to discuss cross-party backing for a softer Brexit. Ministers in Theresa May’s cabinet have been involved in talks about how to secure concessions on the single market, immigration and the customs union, it has emerged. Mrs May, who is currently involved in discussions with the DUP to form a minority government, is being urged by Labour MPs and members of her own party to compromise her hard Brexit stance.
The 2017 General Election has result in the most diverse parliament ever with a rise in the number of women, LGBT and ethnic minority MPs elected.
Britain could have a Government by the end of the day as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster heads to Downing Street. Theresa May is hoping to thrash out terms of a confidence and supply deal with the DUP so that the Tories can secure a majority to push through their agenda.
Harriet Harman said that Tories are not taking the General Election result particularly well. The former Labour deputy leader said that Conservative MPs are “verging on the homicidal” after the party lost their majority. Discussing the Government’s approach to Brexit in the wake of the surprise election result, Ms Harman said it would be in the “national interest” for Labour to “stop the pig’s ear of a job that the Tories have been doing” on Brexit.
Two-thirds of Conservative party members have said that Mrs May should resign as prime minister, according to one poll, but at a meeting with the influential 1922 committee she promised to serve for "as long as you want me to".
This year’s Queen’s Speech has reportedly been delayed because of how long it takes to write it out on goat skin. Known for its pomp and pageantry, the Queen’s Speech is the centrepiece of the state opening of Parliament. It had been due to take place on June 19 but the bizarre tradition of writing it out on goat skin amid ongoing hung parliament negotiations has caused a delay of a few days.
While the Prime Minister is in the centre of a crisis within her own ranks, her decision to bring back former justice secretary Michael Gove has not gone unnoticed.
Theresa May is said to have wept as the shock general election result unfolded last week. The Prime Minister’s gamble to secure a larger Conservative majority by calling a snap election, failed following a late surge in support for the Labour Party. May has been left with the prospect of propping up her Conservative government with a controversial deal with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Theresa May was urged to hold a snap election by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, it has been claimed. May’s gamble spectacularly backfired when the Conservatives failed to secure a majority, resulting in a hung parliament and leading the PM to seek a controversial deal with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to oust Theresa May from Downing Street using the upcoming Queen’s Speech. The Labour leader intends to strike as pressure mounts on the struggling Prime Minister after last week’s general election resulted in a hung parliament and the possibility of a Tory deal with the controversial Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Theresa May has been to the Palace.
The Labour Party is on track to hit a million members, after 150,000 people joined in the three days following the general election. The milestone was tweeted by Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon on Saturday night, saying: “In last 3 days, 150,000 people have joined Labour. In last 3 days, 150,000 people have joined Labour.
Boris Johnson has brushed off reports he is plotting to oust Theresa May – but immediately faced accusations his show of support was an attempt to lay the groundwork for a future leadership challenge. “Jeremy Corbyn did not win this election. Earlier it emerged Mr Johnson had sent a WhatsApp message to Commons colleagues urging them to “calm down” following the election.
Following a disastrous result for the Tories in the general election, Labour has seen a huge boost in support, according to one of the first post-election polls. The figures from the Mail on Sunday show that Labour is now the most popular party with 44.8 per cent of the vote, compared to 38.9 per cent for the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats trail behind with just 7.3 per cent, according to the poll carried out by survey firm Survation.
Theresa May has sent her chief whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for formal talks with the DUP, following the Conservatives’ costly election gamble that left them short of a Commons majority. Last night on the BBC Question Time, former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, whose government helped secure the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, questioned the impact of any deal on the peace.
Theresa May has once again been accused of lying about her social care policy after one of her ousted advisers appeared to reveal it didn’t initially come with a cap. Nick Timothy resigned on Saturday as one of the prime minister’s joint chiefs alongside Fiona Hill, after the pair took much of the fall for the Conservative Party’s general election catastrophe. ‘I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme,’ he wrote on the Conservative Home website on Saturday.
A senior Conservative MP has argued that a cross-party approach to Brexit negotiations would be a “true national endeavour”. Responding to comments made by The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci on BBC Question Time, Alistair Burt pointed out that political parties shared platforms in the run up to the referendum. The North East Bedfordshire MP, who served in both John Mayor and David Cameron’s governments, backed Remain in the Referendum.
The two advisers behind Theresa May’s disastrous election campaign have resigned. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, the prime minister’s joint chiefs, both handed in their resignations on Saturday. The pair quit after warnings that Mrs May faced a leadership challenge from within the Conservative Party as early as Monday if she didn’t sack them.
More than 600,000 people have signed an online petition to stop the Conservatives forming a government with the DUP. The petition, on Change.org, was launched by someone under the name ‘Winston Churchill’ and gained hundreds of thousands of signatures within hours. Prime minister Theresa May has been forced to turn to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and its leader, Arlene Foster, after the Tories failed to achieve an overall majority in the House of Commons in Thursday’s general election.