It was a bid to shore up her majority in Parliament.
And Ukip leader Paul Nuttall fell on his sword after just six months in the job, after slumping to a distant third place in Skegness & Boston on a woeful night for the Eurosceptic party, which shed swathes of voters to Labour and Conservatives. She was assailed for making a major policy U-turn on care for the elderly.
"The two leaders spoke about their willingness to continue close cooperation as the United Kingdom embarks on leaving the European Union, with no return to a hard border".
"We did have a lot of influence in the past and we will have influence again in the future".
It's hard to draw an exact comparison for the American political class, but one lesson seems to be especially germane: When the voters are hungry for change, the candidate with the strongest message can shift their direction quickly.
The DUP wants no extension to Northern Ireland's limitations on terminations, which restrict the procedure to when a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
Forcing the Tories into this precarious situation is one of Labour's many achievements in this election. And the goal of its campaign seemed to be not to get close even to winning the election but simply to avoid some sort of complete wipeout. "We gained seats in every region of the country, we won three million more votes on a much higher turnout".
MARTIN: We're seeing that there are calls for Theresa May to resign.
It comes as May comes under increasing fire from her backbenches after the party lost a net total of 13 seats. From Labour? And is she likely to? Theresa May did not have to call this election.
The Conservatives failed to secure an overall majority in the election, as Jeremy Corbyn confounded predictions to.
Many commentators also condemned Ms May's DUP collaboration saying it could potentially destabilise Northern Ireland's peace process, which is already under strain following the collapse of the power sharing agreement earlier this year.
After Thursday's stunning seat loss, Sturgeon told the BBC that a "post-Brexit uncertainty" was a factor in people's voting choices and "certainly the independence referendum is part of that".
Theresa May is to head a minority Conservative government - propped up by the Democratic Unionists - after her General Election gamble backfired disastrously.
"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular".
Other big prices to pay for the party's support in Westminster could be the reinstatement of any European Union subsidies that farmers lose after Brexit (worth about £350 million a year) as well as around £400 million of Brussels funding for community development and cross-border projects as part of a dividend for the peace process. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.
A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties, whose power-sharing administration in Belfast collapsed earlier this year. We've only just scratched the surface here.
The issue is particularly relevant at the moment, as talks to save the crisis-hit powersharing institutions at Stormont are due to resume on Monday. So what happens now?