British PM faces confidence vote

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PV International Desk : British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faces a vote of confidence on Thursday, three weeks after a disastrous election left her authority in tatters and her Brexit strategy in doubt.

Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader’s legislative plans — the Queen’s Speech — in a key test of whether she can stay in power.

The government is expected to pass its programme after forming a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 MPs will vote with 317 Conservatives.

That tally is enough, barely, for a majority in the 650-seat chamber but May’s authority has been deeply damaged by the election, which she called three years early expecting to win a landslide.