Monday 19 March 2018

Hung parliament: Labour expects to form a minority government and oust Theresa May from Downing Street

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell

Rob Merrick

Labour expects to oust Theresa May from No 10 and to form a minority government, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said.

“We're ready to form a government….we are willing to serve the country,” he told the BBC.

“I don't think the Conservative Government is stable, I don't think the Prime Minister is stable. I don't want to be derogatory, but I think she is a lame duck now.”

Mr McDonnell insisted there would be “no deals” – instead Labour would put forward a Queen’s Speech and urge the SNP and minor parties to back it.

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Labour would not attempt to delay the Brexit talks, he said, which the EU hopes to start within two weeks.

However, the Conservatives, as the existing government, will have the first opportunity to win the confidence of the House of Commons.

And the numbers are in the Tories’ favour. With around 318 seats, Ms May – unless she resigns – could expect to have a Commons majority with the support of 10 Democratic Unionist MPs.

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