MAY WINS CONFIDENCE VOTE IN PARLIAMENT
IN FIRST MAJOR POLITICAL TEST, GETS 323 VOTES IN FAVOUR
LONDON: The minority Theresa May government on Thursday passed the Queen’s Speech by a majority of 14, ensuring its survival in office after the ruling Conservative Party fell short of a majority in the June 8 election.
The survival was made possible by a coalition deal with the Northern Ireland-based Democratic Unionist Party (10 MPs), which attracted much criticism from Scotland and Wales for the agreement to spend over £1 billion in the region.
Labour won a victory after one of its amendment had the potential of winning support from ruling party benches — allowing Northern Ireland women to access free abortion services in England.
The passage of the Queen’s Speech, however, did not stop speculation in Westminster over the future of Theresa May as the Conservative leader and prime minister. Former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said May should step down by the end of next year.