General election 2017: May to meet backbench critics

By Sam Cooper | 12/06/2017

General election 2017: May to meet backbench critics
Theresa May

THERESA May will face her backbenchers for the first time since the Conservatives lost their majority at last week’s general election.

The 1922 committee — which meets weekly while the parliament is in session — is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style and seek more details on the deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Mrs May is hoping to strike a deal with the DUP to support her minority government but critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, have called for her to resign.

The meeting comes after she finalised her cabinet over the weekend, with Michael Gove returning as environment secretary.

Mr Gove, a former Cabinet minister and leadership rival to Mrs May before she became Conservative leader, was sacked by the PM in her reshuffle last July.

The Conservatives lost their House of Commons majority in Thursday’s snap election, going from 331 seats to 318, while Labour increased its number of MPs from 232 to 262.

See the full report as Rotherham’s three Labour MPs held their seats here.

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