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May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks

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Published: 07:01 GMT, Jun 10, 2017 |
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Theresa May is expected to finalise her team of ministers later as she seeks to form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Ministers say initial talks have begun with Northern Ireland’s DUP after the Conservatives failed to secure a majority in Thursday’s election.

The Tories needed 326 seats to win but fell short by eight. The DUP won 10. Labour has urged Mrs May to “make way” for it to form a government and she also faces criticism over the DUP deal.

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs.  Philip Hammond will stay as Chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as Foreign Secretary and Amber Rudd – narrowly re-elected as an MP after a recount – will continue as Home Secretary.

David Davis will also stay on as Brexit Secretary and Sir Michael Fallon will keep his role as Defence Secretary.

But eight ministers lost their seats at the general election and will need to be replaced.

(Thanks to BBC)