Few Changes In Theresa May’s Reshuffled Cabinet – But Michael Gove Returns
Theresa May is clinging on to power after losing her majority in the House of Commons in Thursday’s general election. Talks are taking place with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs can allow her to continue to govern.
*Downing Street initially announced that a “confidence and supply” deal with the DUP had been agreed, but was then forced to row back. It says the details are still being “finalised”.
*Irish Taoiseach – or prime minister – Enda Kenny has expressed concern about the impact of any deal on the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
*May has reshuffled her cabinet, with most positions unchanged. Michael Gove returns to government as environment secretary meanwhile.
*Tory MPs are discussing May’s future on WhatsApp. Depending on who you believe, it’s either to support or undermine her.
*The Conservatives won 317 seats (not counting Speaker John Bercow) – eight short of a majority. Labour performed much better than expected across the country, winning 262 seats.
*May remains prime minister but there are big concerns about the DUP’s policies and history.
*Brexit talks with the European Union are due to begin on 19 June. Here’s what the election result could mean for talks.