Northern Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with Theresa May's Conservatives

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"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

This is a measure of May's new fragility since losing her Parliamentary majority, a fragility that will have a huge impact on the Prime Minister's ability to force through a Brexit deal in her own image. Meanwhile, the Labour Party started the campaign looking as if it was maybe facing some sort of existential disaster.

Users of Twitter and Facebook noticed a discrepancy between the words emblazoned on the seven-year-old DUP election poster and plans for the two parties to work together following last week's hung parliament.

The Conservatives have been forced to clarify that they are still negotiating with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after the party announced that an agreement had already been reached "in error".

Following the announcement, the Lib Dems called on Mrs May to make the terms of her deal with the DUP clear to the British people immediately. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", said former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by Ms May when she became prime minister a year ago. A "confidence and supply" arrangement falls far short of a full-blown coalition.

"There has been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday", Foster said. We've only just scratched the surface here.

Mr Flanagan was asked about suggestions that any Conservative deal with the DUP would undermine Westminster's impartiality as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement. Of course, it remains to be seen what the nature of that deal is.

"The situation in Northern Ireland is very different".

The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week. It was a bid to shore up her majority in Parliament. May has said her government will go ahead with these discussions as planned.

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He said the party had missed an "open goal" in failing to win a majority. "I'm sure many of them will want to vote for government measures needed to execute our departure from the European Union".

The TV channel said Foster had told them she would be traveling to London to meet May at her official Downing Street residence on Tuesday.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling".

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

But Soubry said May's time in the top job would be limited.

Several British newspapers were reporting that some prominent Conservatives, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Minister David Davis, were being urged by supporters to challenge Ms May for the party leadership. Before 2011, if a government was defeated on its Queen's speech or on its budget, it would be regarded as loss of confidence that would lead to the PM's resignation and a general election being called.

SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks. It does not involve an agreed five-year programme of policies and may not even involve the junior party holding ministerial office, let alone taking on the role of deputy prime minister.

May sought to frame the campaign around Brexit, but two terror attacks put scrutiny on her record of cutting police numbers, turning to the debate back to austerity, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to end.

"One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights", she told the BBC.

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