Jeremy Corbyn enjoys kickabout as politics takes a backseat

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Jeremy Corbyn enjoys kickabout as politics takes a backseat

12 June, 2017

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced on Saturday that they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

Labour's dramatically improved performance in the election was due in large part to a surge in young voters backing it, many of whom voted for the party partly because they saw it as the best vehicle to soften Brexit and derail May's plan for a sharp break with the EU.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

The Labour leader says: "I can still be Prime Minister".

May has confirmed five of her most senior ministers will remain in their pre-election roles.

After winning her parliamentary seat, May said on Friday her Conservative Party would take responsibility for delivering stability if it won the most seats in the election.

May's office said on Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.

Instead, May emerged from Thursday's election having lost her Conservative majority in the House of Commons and forced to try to cobble together a minority government with the help of a party from Northern Ireland.

Tory chiefs have given "lame duck" Theresa May a stay of execution - amid fears a bitter leadership contest could make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister.

Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after the vote on Thursday produced no clear victor.

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Mrs May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said.

"I want to see a fairer Britain", he said. May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a personal blow.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon disagreed Sunday that May was mortally wounded and said he expected the Tory members of Parliament to support the prime minister this week.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said "we have made good progress but the discussions continue".

For the DUP, the arrangement puts them in a hugely advantageous position by giving them a bargaining chip to secure concessions on specific policies.

The DUP used a so-called "petition of concern" to veto the legalization of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland in 2016, the only area of the is not legal. "We've got a new dawn for social democracy. and I will carry on fighting".

Her decision, reluctant or not, seemed at the time to promise a sure-fire win for a leader who had never led her party into an election.

A Conservative source said the move to include Gove in her cabinet may suggest she has learnt a lesson after firing George Osborne, the former finance minister who as editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper, has become a vocal critic.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties, whose power-sharing administration in Belfast collapsed earlier this year.

"May fights to remain PM", the Daily Telegraph headlined. The Guardian meanwhile, writes of Jeremy Corbyn's team making preparations for an alternative Queen's speech to challenge May's right to govern.

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