May to Stay in Power with Support of Northern Ireland Unionists

Theresa May is determined to stay in power, despite losing her Conservative Party’s majority in the election.

British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11
British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11 (DoD/Jette Carr)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservatives have lost their majority in Parliament, going down from 329 to 318 seats.
  • But they should be able to govern with support from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which has ten seats.
  • Labour won 40 percent support — close to the Conservatives’ 42.4 percent — and 261 seats.
  • Labour could only form a government with support from all other parties except the Conservatives. That seems unlikely.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May, the Conservative Party leader, has said she will not step down today, but a leadership challenge is expected at some point.