General election results in a hung parliament
The Conservatives have fallen short of an overall majority in the general election, creating a hung parliament that means key policy decisions and publications could be further delayed. A Downing Street spokesman has said that Theresa May will go to Buckingham Palace at 12.30 today to seek permission from the Queen to form a government. It has been widely reported that May will have the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), though there will be no formal coalition. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark retained his seat, albeit with a reduced majority, while his Shadow counterpart Rebecca Long-Bailey and Climate Change Minister Alan Whitehead increased theirs. Former Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey also returned to Parliament as MP for Kingston and Surbiton, a seat he lost in 2015.