The Latest: UK prime minister insists she is staying put
Posted June 11
LONDON — The Latest on the British election outcome (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she is staying put, despite calls for her resignation after the Conservative Party's poor election result.
Asked Sunday if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term."
The Conservatives won the biggest share of seats in Thursday's election, but lost their majority in Parliament and will have to rely on support from a smaller party to govern. The outcome shocked the party, which had expected a big victory.
The result has badly damaged May's political authority. She named her Cabinet Sunday, keeping most of the ministers in their posts and even appointing an old adversary, Michael Gove, to the post of environment secretary.
May says it's "a Cabinet that reflects the wealth of talent and experience across the Conservative Party" and "a government that is going to be governing for everyone."
British Prime Minister Theresa May is making appointments to her Cabinet as she tries to shore up authority undermined by a poor election result.
A stream of Conservative lawmakers walked into 10 Downing St. on Sunday to learn if they had been promoted, demoted or kept in their posts.
May's room for maneuver has been eroded by the election drubbing which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament, and she has kept many ministers in their jobs. She reappointed Liam Fox as trade secretary, Justine Greening as education secretary and Greg Clark as business secretary.
Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state — effectively the deputy prime minister.
May's office announced earlier that the top Cabinet ministers would keep their jobs, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied plotting to topple Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been weakened by the Conservative Party's disastrous election result.
Johnson tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe."
He said: "I am backing Theresa May. Let's get on with the job."
May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election. The party is seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.
May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.
Downing Street says it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.