Jeremy Corbyn vows to vote down Queen's Speech to topple Theresa May

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But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.

Overnight, the government was thrown into confusion after the DUP contradicted a Downing Street statement on Saturday that said a "confidence and supply" agreement had been reached with the DUP and would be put to the cabinet on Monday. That means the DUP will back the government on key votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.

May's two top aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, have resigned following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party and complaints of a toxic atmosphere.

He wrote on the ConservativeHome site: "The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour".

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives losing their overall majority in Parliament.

May's bet that she could strengthen her hand by crushing what was thought of as a weak Labour Party backfired on Thursday as voters stripped her Conservative Party of a parliamentary majority.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of the 52 per cent of voters who opted to take Britain out of the European Union a year ago, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while the Conservative-supporting Sun tabloid said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

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He said: "I truly believe we can unite this nation and bring the kind of change the nation needs and demands".

"It was a disaster", he said.

"The success of the Labour Party winning more seats than expected was because they tapped into anxiety over public spending cuts since 2010, anxiety over the state of National Health Service, and also concerns with youth voters over the amount of student debt and access to United Kingdom housing - two big issues".

"Moderate" MPs last night admitted it was time for a unified front from a parliamentary party that has been split in two ever since Jeremy Corbyn took over in 2015.

It added that "the logic leading to Mrs".

Timothy and Hill have been accused of creating a "toxic" atmosphere in Downing Street.

May has insisted she will not step aside and will instead form a new government that will lead the country through the treacherous currents of the Brexit talks to come.

Theresa May appoints her new cabinet in reshuffle
David Lidington and David Gauke were also handed promotions to Justice Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary respectively. She had been tipped to take over the education secretary role, having been a former junior education minister.

However, Fallon said both sides had agreed on the principles of the arrangement, that the DUP would support the government on key economic and security issues. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility", Corbyn said, predicting that there could be another election within months.

"A lot of young people told me they were voting Labour but their family weren't - so they were working on them". She has said she favours retaining the greatest possible level of access to Europe's single market.

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.

Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority, in a performance widely seen as a moral victory for Corbyn despite the party's loss.

Britain's typically right-wing press savaged May over the election outcome, questioning whether she will be able to remain in power after a result that leaves her reliant on uniting rival factions within her party to deliver Brexit.

She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

Top two aides to British PM May quits
A Conservative spokesman quickly announced that Fiona Hill , Ms May's other joint chief of staff, had also resigned. But former party leader Iain Duncan Smith said a leadership contest now would be a "catastrophe".

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