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MAY TO STAY: Conservatives will work with DUP to proceed with Brexit

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Mrs May has signalled her intention to carry on in Downing Street, saying the country needs "stability" with the start of Brexit negotiations ten days away

Mrs May has signalled her intention to carry on in Downing Street, saying the country needs "stability" with the start of Brexit negotiations ten days away

 

After one of the most-watched election campaigns, Theresa May was left clinging onto her role as Prime Minister.

Election ended in hung Parliament: Conservatives with 319 seats and Labour 261. Theresa May, despite losing her Commons majority, now intends to form government with DUP to 'provide certainty' and keep country 'safe'

32 million votes out of a possible out of 46.9 million, had been counted witnessing this general election as the highest turnout of voters in 25 years.

Theresa May's government 'will carry on Brexit negotiations to the existing timetable’, as Jeremy Corbyn hails Labour's 'incredible result' and calls for May to resign.

The Tories are eight seats short of the 326-figure needed to command a majority win, and are 12 seats worse off than before the election.

Combined, the Tories and the DUP’s 10 seats, would have 329 MPs in the Commons.

Meanwhile, Labour has said it is also ready to form a minority government of its own, after far exceeding expectations by picking up 29 seats in England, Wales and Scotland.

This election has been one of the most-contested in recent years. It’s seen record numbers of female MPs elected, as well as the first female Sikh MP Preet Gill - who’s held the Birmingham, Edgbaston seat for Labour with 24,124 votes.

The figures point to a sharp increase in young voters adding their names to the register, with around two-thirds – 453,000 – of the new voters to sign up on deadline day aged between 18 and 34.

The number of voters this year is the highest since 33.6 million voted in 1992, when Conservative leader John Major made it four general election wins in a row for the Tories.

It is the highest level since the 1997 General Election.

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‘I had no choice’

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POLITICS: Amjad Bashir defected from UKIP to the Tories at the start of 2015, slamming their lack of policies

POLITICS: Amjad Bashir defected from UKIP to the Tories at the start of 2015, slamming their lack of policies

Former UKIP MEP wants apology after ‘discrediting campaign’

A Conservative MEP who defected from UKIP earlier this year has said his former party faces the threat of legal action if allegations made against him are not withdrawn.

Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Amjad Bashir, joined the Tories in January after branding UKIP a ‘party of ruthless self-interest’. However, just hours before his official resignation was to be made public, he was suspended.

Nigel Farage’s party issued a press release stating the decision was due to ‘unanswered financial and employment questions’, something the accused has always vehemently denied.

The following day, Mr Farage also publically criticised the behaviour of his former colleague, branding his acceptance by the Conservatives as the ‘only surprise’.

Now, following an episode of the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, it has been revealed that Mr Bashir’s solicitors, Atkins Thompson, sent a nine-page legal letter to Mr Farage and UKIP chairman Steve Crowther.

In it, demands are made which include the removal of a press release discrediting Mr Bashir from the UKIP website, an apology is made in open court, and damages and legal costs be paid.

The letter says: “There can be no other conclusion that [the allegations] were published as part of a deliberate campaign on the part of UKIP and its most senior officers to discredit Mr Bashir in retaliation for his decision to join the Conservative Party.”

Adding: “Contrary to the impression given by the press release, [Mr Bashir] had no forewarning of what UKIP had decided to allege.”

In a statement, Mr Bashir said the case ‘remains in the hands of his lawyers’ and was now waiting for any response.

“As soon as the various allegations were made it became clear that I had no choice but to pursue legal advice,” he said.

“I have taken that advice, we have compiled a case, and this now remains in the hands of my lawyers.”

A response to the letter is expected to be returned mid-April.

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