12 June, 2017
It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May previous year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. "I just don't see how she can continue in any long-term way". "I believe that's important".
May had called the snap election with a view to increasing the narrow majority she had inherited from her predecessor David Cameron. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.
"The worries are unnecessary and they shouldn't have them but we want make sure they are dealt with as soon as possible", he said.
In return, she won effusive pledges of loyalty, but she will have to sell her premiership to Conservative lawmakers at a meeting on Monday.
That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.
However, the former London Mayor has dismissed the claims as "tripe".
His appointment as Environment Secretary came after former chancellor George Osborne branded her "dead woman walking", warning that she could be ousted from No 10 in a matter of days.
Under pressure from Conservative cabinet ministers, May accepted the resignation of her two top aides, her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, on Saturday.
"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", he told the BBC.
The Prime Minister was doing her utmost to signal that it was business as usual, announcing that she would be heading off to Paris on Tuesday for talks with French president Emmanuel Macron.
Labour's Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper he saw a route to power himself, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament.
She is seeking a so-called confidence and supply deal, which would involve the DUP supporting the Conservatives on key votes but not joining a formal coalition.
"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term", she told reporters in No 10.
He said money and Northern Ireland would also be on the agenda at the start of Brexit talks.
There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage.
With the new government set to present its legislative programme to Parliament on June 19, the clock is ticking on efforts to bolster the Conservatives' position after they won just 318 of the 650 seats.
"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility".
Many senior Conservatives say May should stay, for now, to provide stability.