Fears that DUP deal with May will result in concessions to unionism

Her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, once written off by his opponents as a no-hoper, said May should step down, and that he wanted to form a minority government.

The political turmoil comes a week before Britain is due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.

"We will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom..."

The Conservatives lost their House of Commons majority in Thursday's election and will not be able to govern without support from the DUP's 10 members of parliament. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister previous year, told the BBC.

"Some people have said they have had fairly enough severity politics", he said, repeating the pledges he made during his campaign to push for higher funding for education and health. And maybe - I was speaking to one minister today who said effectively, Brexit is a dead duck. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

Despite Labour's surge and the the Conservatives losing their majority, it looks like Theresa May is like to remain as Prime Minister, heading up a coalition with the DUP.

Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

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But Mr Corbyn said: "I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".

Anna Soubry, another senior Conservative politician, told the BBC Friday that May should "consider her position".

The DUP are pro-union in United Kingdom terms, pro-Brexit and socially conservative.

"We have a programme, we have support and we're ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country on the agenda we put forward, which is transformative and has gained fantastic levels of support".

He said the Conservative election manifesto - which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting - was "a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens".

People carrying placards reading anti-DUP and pro-Jeremy Corbyn messages basked in the sun in Parliament Square one day after a shock election result returned a hung parliament.

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Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.

On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the European Union but opposes a return to a "hard" border with Ireland - which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal".

He told the Sunday Mirror: "I can still be prime minister".

In a DUP statement released at midnight, the party said: "The DUP held discussions with representatives of the Conservative Party in line with Arlene Foster's commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge".

The sides have until June 29 to secure a deal, but observers fear any concessions to the DUP by May's Conservatives could complicate the talks, deepening the regionĀ“s political crisis.

"I'm afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign", Soubry said.

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