Theresa May to hold crunch talks with DUP leader Arlene Foster

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservatives MPs during a crunch meeting in Westminster.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour stands ready to vote down the Queen's Speech, which sets out the government's legislative agenda, underlining the need for Mrs May to secure DUP support from the outset of the new parliament.

But one MP present at the meeting said there was no discussion of a leadership contest, adding "she's won, she's got to be prime minister".

The Chancellor had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.

May vowed to stay on despite the poor results, and on Sunday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time on Monday.

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May previous year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing.

"I hope that together we will continue to build on the progress that we have made in previous Parliaments to fight against discrimination in all its forms, and make our politics more representative of the people we serve".

British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks lasting two hours at Downing Street Tuesday to discuss an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up her minority Conservative government.

He urged Theresa May to consider governing on her own, saying this would not "carry the baggage" for the Conservatives that an arrangement with the DUP would, the Independent reported.

Varadkar's predecessor, Enda Kenny, said earlier this year Ireland would "remain an enthusiastic member of the European Union".

In the briefing they said the prospect of an agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP was causing "anxiety and fear" over fears that any deal agreed on would affect issues relating to Northern Ireland.

But Ruth Davidson, the pro-EU leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, called on May to "reopen" the government's Brexit plans. Brexit negotiations that were scheduled to begin next week was also likely to be postponed.

Meanwhile, the chief European Union negotiator has told the Financial Times that the clock is ticking on Brexit talks, and that Britain should be wary of further delays.

Soon after the meeting, May set off to the House of Commons where MPs were reconvening for the first time after the June 8 general election and overwhelmingly re-elected John Bercow as the Speaker of the House. She moved Saturday to defuse some of the anger at her leadership style and her habit of relying heavily on a small circle of advisers by parting ways with her two closest aides, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

But "being seen to be the prime minister" could help "shore up her authority at home", according to Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

Yesterday, Mrs May finalised her cabinet with the appointment of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary.

May faced her lawmakers at a meeting of the 1922 Committee (the Conservative Private Members' Committee) on Monday.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far. "Talks are going well".

DUP leader Arlene Foster has hit back at claims her party's policy on gay rights are homophobic, calling the accusation "complete and utter nonsense".

The deal also prompted Irish premier Enda Kenny to warn that such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

  • Joey Payne