MAY WINS CON­FI­DENCE VOTE IN PAR­LIA­MENT IN FIRST MA­JOR PO­LIT­I­CAL TEST, GETS 323 VOTES IN FAVOUR

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News -

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.

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