May seeks to rally party lawmakers behind her leadership

"I don't detect any great appetite amongst my colleagues for presenting the public with a massive additional dose of uncertainty by getting involved in a self-indulgent Conservative Party internal election campaign", Mr Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, told BBC TV.

With opinion polls showing the Conservatives with a commanding lead over the opposition Labour Party, May had called an early election in hopes of increasing her majority in Parliament and strengthening her position in negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union.

One Conservative MP said the prime minister had showed a more human side, regained the support of her party, and, they said, "there was none of the Maybot" in her speech.

The disastrous election result also prompted calls - from within her own party - for her resignation, leading May to apologise to her own MPs on Monday evening.

Hundreds of Conservative MPs and peers crammed into a room in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon to spend ninety minutes listening to the prime minister.

Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds entered Downing Street at around 12:40 p.m. (1140 GMT, 7:40 a.m. EDT).

The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions and the DUP stands to make huge gains from the deal.

"The prime minister talked about wanting to build a consensus, she recognised the different views in the party on Brexit and she also recognized the need to not just reflect the party but indeed the parliament and the country", one senior pro-EU Conservative lawmaker and former minister said after a meeting of the party's lawmakers in parliament.

Davis also said walking away without securing a deal with the remaining 27 European Union states remained a possibility.

But speaking during a visit to Paris to meet French president Emmanuel Macron, Mrs May told reporters: "We as Government remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement and the subsequent agreements and we continue to work with all the parties in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in ensuring that we can continue to put in place those measures necessary to fulfil those agreements".

She remains in place largely because jumping the gun and removing her at this stage would cause further political instability, prompting a general election which they would nearly certainly lose.

"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France... is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

In a surprise move, Michael Gove was appointed environment and agriculture minister less than a year after the prime minister sacked him as justice minister.

May appeared contrite, sought to apologize for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.

DUP leader Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far.

"When the facts change, I'll change my mind", said Keith Skeoch, chief executive of Scottish insurer and asset manager Standard Life, borrowing a quote from economist John Maynard Keynes.

"We are going into these talks with the national interest at heart".

The first test of any deal is expected to come at the Queen's Speech - a formal occasion at which the government asks Parliament to approve its legislative agenda.

The deal also prompted Irish premier Enda Kenny to warn that such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

Recommended News

  • Kimball 1st IndyCar pole comes with record run at Texas

    Kimball 1st IndyCar pole comes with record run at Texas

    We'll give the edge to Kanaan, though, just because he has a precedent of knowing how to hang in when the going gets tough. Castroneves did not survive the race either, as his right front tire blew midway through, causing him to crash in Turn 3.
    Stocks, dollar firm ahead of Fed decision

    Stocks, dollar firm ahead of Fed decision

    Brent crude traded $48.32 a barrel on Tuesday, down 0.82 percent, while US crude was around $45.96 a barrel, down 1.08 percent. Notable technology names like Nvidia , Amazon , Tesla and Alphabet all saw their stock prices rise before the bell.
    Intercede Group plc (IGP) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by FinnCap

    Intercede Group plc (IGP) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by FinnCap

    The stock of Anglo Pacific Group plc (LON:APF) earned "Speculative Buy" rating by Beaufort Securities on Friday, August 14. A number of investment brokers have recently updated their price targets on shares of Big Yellow Group (LON:BYG).
  • Video to form three-quarters of mobile traffic by 2022

    Video to form three-quarters of mobile traffic by 2022

    By the end of 2022, total smartphone mobile data traffic will have increased 9X, reaching 66 ExaBytes per month. Ericsson estimates around 29 billion connected devices by 2022, out of which 18 billion will be related to IoT.
    'Sorry' Theresa May promises to reflect on changes after election setback

    'Sorry' Theresa May promises to reflect on changes after election setback

    Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election certainly wasn't about Brexit . The results - a sort of turnaround in fortunes for both major parties - have thrown that timetable into doubt.
    Sessions vows to defend himself against 'false allegations'

    Sessions vows to defend himself against 'false allegations'

    If the event is an open hearing, Sessions's appearance would be the second Big Day before the Senate committee in as many weeks. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.
  • Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears

    Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Bears Ears

    He also suggests working with Congress to enable Native American tribes to co-manage cultural areas. Part One of our conversation about Secretary Zinke's Bears Ears recommendation.
    First lady Melania Trump, Barron finally move to White House

    First lady Melania Trump, Barron finally move to White House

    Melania Trump had continued living in Trump Tower in NY while Barron Trump , 11, finished the academic year at his NY school. Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win .
    Kentucky Derby newest odds and predictions

    Kentucky Derby newest odds and predictions

    The horse almost caught Always Dreaming in Florida but finished the second. - Gunnevera is among the favorites in a betting line. The May’s first weekend has already passed and real fans of races started their preparations for the Derby in Kentucky.
  • Comey Testimony Hysterics Perfectly Summed Up in 5 Hilarious Cartoons

    Comey Testimony Hysterics Perfectly Summed Up in 5 Hilarious Cartoons

    James Lankford, R-Okla., argued that the president's actions did not rise to the level of obstruction. Are you kidding me? Think of it: I hardly know the man, it doesn't make sense.
    Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily with iOS 11

    Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily with iOS 11

    The renders do not leave space for it, so they are likely different from what the OS will look like in actual. The new iPad Pro also debuts the firm's ProMotion technology that doubles the maximum refresh rate to 120Hz.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions to face sharp questions on Trump, Russia, Comey

    Richard Burr, R-N.C., listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions . Sessions appeared to be using it to justify his evasiveness, even though the privilege isn't up to him to invoke.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.