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Sat 27 May 2017 07:00

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Of all the many questions thrown up by the election perhaps top of the list for the Conservative Party is how long can Theresa May survive as prime minister? Norman Smith is the BBC’s assistant political editor.


Giving their most detailed description yet of the attack, the police have revealed that the London Bridge terror plotters failed to hire a seven and a half tonne lorry to carry out their attack on pedestrians police have revealed.  Instead the three men were forced to use a smaller van. Daniel Sandford is the BBC’s home affairs correspondent.


We are expecting further announcements today as to who else will be included in Theresa May’s cabinet. Nine ministers in all lost their seats and will need to be replaced. Gavin Barwell is a Conservative former house minister and Nicola Blackwood is a Conservative former health minister.


Labour’s performance in the General Election caught most of the popular press by surprise. Has this election shown that the power of the popular press to shape and reflect the political weather is declining? Kerry-Anne Mendoza is editor of The Canary, a left wing political website and Neil Wallis is former deputy editor of the sun and former executive editor of the News of the World.


It is nine days to go before we start the formal process of negotiating a deal with the EU. How has the picture changed? Jonathan Faull is the former British official in the European Commission and David McAllister is an MEP with Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party and a close ally of the German Chancellor. 


We will have to wait a few days for the full data, but early analysis suggests Labour did particularly well in university towns where they were mobilised by Jeremy Corbyn's party. In Warwick and Leamington the youth vote may have helped turn a Conservative majority of almost 7000 into a Labour victory. Our chief correspondent Matthew Price reports.


Jeremy Corbyn's team is making preparations for an alternative Queen's speech to challenge Theresa May's right to govern. The Labour leadership said it wanted to lay the foundations for a different kind of government, after Corbyn defied expectations to make net gains of 29 seats. Chris Leslie is MP for Nottingham East and former shadow chancellor.


Initial discussions have already taken place between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party, as Theresa May attempts to put together a pact to command a majority in Parliament. The DUP leader Arlene Foster says she wants to ‘bring stability to our nation’ by backing the Conservatives.  Our reporter Zoe Conway reports from Belfast. Owen Paterson is the newly returned MP for Shropshire North and is former Northern Ireland secretary.


Theresa May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists to guide the UK through crucial Brexit talks, but there is an increasing mood that she might not get to do so for much longer. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.


As the blame game for the Conservatives’ disastrous election campaign begins, many fingers are already pointing at Theresa May’s closest aides. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill are described as the Prime Minister’s “Praetorian guard”. Katie Perrior is former Downing Street director of communications.


The last time a UK government was sustained by Northern Irish votes, it didn't end well. James Callaghan's minority Labour government of 1974 survived until he could no longer stomach the endless deal-making. James Graham is the playwright who wrote This House documenting the 1974 hung parliament.


Theresa May called the election to bring stability. But a hung parliament has delivered anything but. If the adage that business hates instability is true then what effect could this have on inward and domestic investment?  Our reporter Sanchia Berg met businessmen in Ipswich. Lord Jim O’Neill is former Treasury minister and former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.


Does this election result tell us anything about what it means to be British today? The rules we thought were sacred in politics - that the public won’t vote for a divided party for example - were broken. Tariq Ali is an author and activist who has known Jeremy Corbyn for 40 years, Bronwen Maddox is the director at the Institute of Government and Robert Tombs is professor of History at Cambridge University.   

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