May to Ask Queen's Permission to Form Government

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"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said. The Queen's Speech, in which a new government sets out its legislative programme, and the beginning of the Brexit talks, are due on June 19.

The Tories remain the biggest party with 315 seats so far and Labour now on 261 - with 326 required for a majority and just four seats left to be called.

"We are ready to do everything we can to put our programme into operation, there isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost".

The DUP and Conservatives have been in close touch throughout Mrs May's year in power, and contacts are believed to have continued as election results came in this morning. "This is flawless territory for the DUP obviously because if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority, it puts us in a very, very strong negotiating position and it is one we would take up with relish", Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC television. A formal agreement is yet to be reached.

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Asked if she thought Mrs May would be able to stay in her job, the DUP leader told the BBC: "I don't know", adding: "I think it will be hard for her to survive".

May, who promised "strong and stable" leadership, had a disastrous election.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, May said the government would see the United Kingdom through negotiations for leaving the EU.

With votes still being counted, May's officials said she plans on naming Cabinet ministers later in the day.

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"Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country". Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, only managed to cling on by 346 votes in Hastings and Rye.

In Scotland, both Labour and the Tories have made gains on a bad night for the SNP.

The DUP leader and former first minister Arlene Foster got a euphoric reception from her supporters inside the Titanic Centre in Belfast at about 2am on Friday.

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