Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland may be election key

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May's office had no immediate comment on the PA report.

According to the current count of the United Kingdom general election, with only 4 seats left, British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party holds 315 seats in the Parliament while Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party has 261.

She put on a fearless face, refusing to show any contrition for the election gamble that spectacularly backfired, but observers say she has been deeply wounded.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

Timothy, one of two chiefs of staff on whom May relies heavily, said he took responsibility for his role in the Tory manifesto, criticised by many MPs, BBC reported.

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one ex-colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of government.

Since Friday's results, some senior Tories are referring to Ms May as an "interim leader" - and her Cabinet has failed to come out publicly to support her.

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Over night the Tories emerged to be the largest party with 318 seats and with 42.4% of the votes, yet did not have a majority and lost 13 seats compared to 2015.

A deal with the DUP and their 10 lawmakers would give her a workable majority.

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"We have a situation in Northern Ireland right now where there has been a political crisis where the Government is the mediator between the DUP and Sinn Fein".

The result was a personal humiliation for Mrs May who called the election three years before she had to to bolster her position in Parliament as she embarked on the negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Speaking outside Number 10 Downing Street, May said: "I have just been to see the Queen, and now I will form a government, a government that can provide certainly and lead Britain forward at this uncertain time".

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there was "no time to lose" in starting talks, after May started the two-year countdown to Brexit on March 29.

In an indication of the unease within the party about the link-up with the DUP, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said she had demanded a "categoric assurance" from the Prime Minister that gay rights would not be affected by a deal.

But her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit and the result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years. "And giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe".

Northern Ireland's people voted in favor of remaining inside the European Union in last year's referendum, going against the national trend in favor of Brexit.

She inherited a 17-seat majority in the Commons, but called the snap vote to take advantage of opinion polls putting her on course for a landslide.