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Prime Minister Theresa May

May has faced calls from Jeremy Corbyn to resign

Theresa May is to head a minority Conservative government - propped up by the Democratic Unionists - after her General Election gamble backfired disastrously.

The best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Within hours of it becoming clear that the DUP is to sustain the Conservatives in government, senior Tories were facing hostile questions from Westminster journalists about the DUP's positions on abortion, gay marriage and climate change. Radiohead's Thom Yorke is among those speaking out against the coalition.

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged May on Saturday and questioned whether she could remain in power, only two months after she started the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

The announcement came after May lost Downing St. chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who resigned Saturday.

Among Tory MPs there was fury at the way a 20-point opinion poll lead at the start of the campaign had been thrown away in an election which she did not need to call for another three years.

SEVERAL HUNDRED protesters have gathered in central London to voice their anger at Theresa May's government and her alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Going back decades, the DUP was at the vanguard of the failed Save Ulster from Sodomy movement that campaigned against the 1982 legalisation of homosexual sex in Northern Ireland.

Ruth Davidson, the gay Scottish Conservative leader.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

The DUP opposes same-sex marriage and Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where it is not legal.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

That view was yesterday emphasised by DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds who told the News Letter: "Under no circumstances would we consider in any way aiding and abetting Jeremy Corbyn to advance his objectives because the man's track record of support for terrorism and bloodshed and murder in Northern Ireland, and his record in terms of worldwide terrorism is one that is just appalling and we would never support that".

When asked about her future, senior Conservative lawmaker Owen Paterson said "Let's see how it pans out".

"She's staying, for now", one Conservative Party source told Reuters. "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

"I've never seen people more hateful in my life", he said.

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