Vastavam web: Theresa May will face her first major test as the prime minister of a minority government in the UK today as lawmakers vote in the House of Commons on her parliamentary agenda set out in the Queen’s Speech.May, 60, is expected to sail through with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) voting with the Conservatives as part of a “confidence and supply” arrangement after the Tories lost their overall majority in the June 8 snap general election.
If the Conservatives were to lose, it could trigger another general election and therefore the DUP support will be crucial to ensure the vote goes through. Under the deal with the DUP, May has a working majority of 13, which also helped her win her first vote in the Commons on Wednesday – 323 votes to 309 – on Opposition Labor’s proposal to scrap a cap imposed on public sector pay.It plans to table an amendment criticizing what it says is the absence of measures to “reverse falling living standards” such as action on energy bills and wages.
“The Conservative program is in tatters following the public verdict at the general election. Theresa May does not have a mandate for continued cuts to our schools, hospitals, police and other vital public services or for a race-to-the- bottom Brexit. Labor will fight these policies every step of the way,” he said. May faces a hectic schedule today as she will be rushing back from a summit in Germany in time for the parliamentary proceedings in the UK.