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General Election 2017 result: DUP leader Arlene Foster: We will enter talks with Conservatives to explore how to 'bring stability to our nation' - statement in full

  • Call for snap election backfires for Prime Minister May
  • DUP kingmakers in minority government
  • Sinn Fein up, SDLP and UUP wiped out
  • Turnout in Northern Ireland at 65.6%
Local candidate Mr Fishfinger waits as ballot papers are counted at the Westmoorland and Lonsdale constituency count at Kendal Leisure Centre on June 8, 2017 in Kendal, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
Local candidate Mr Fishfinger waits as ballot papers are counted at the Westmoorland and Lonsdale constituency count at Kendal Leisure Centre on June 8, 2017 in Kendal, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
DUP leader Arlene Foster (2nd L), DUP deputy leader and north Belfast candidate Nigel Dodds (L), former DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) watch on at the Belfast count centre on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks at the declaration at the election count at the Magnet Leisure Centre on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Theresa May kept her senior ministers in post after suffering humiliating losses in the snap election. AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May reacts at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, after she held her seat. PA
Prime Minister Theresa May at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, after she held her seat. PA
British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May (far left) stands with other candidates at the declaration at the election count at the Magnet Leisure Centre on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (R) waves to the media alongside Gregory Campbell (L) after holding a press conference with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A television presenter stands outside 10 Downing Street in London on June 10, 2017, holding a copy of The Daily Mirror newspaper with the headline "Coalition of Crackpots" the day after the general election resulted in a hung parliament and British Prime Minister Theresa May forming a minority government. AFP/Getty Images
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall leaves via a fire exit following the vote count for the constituency of Boston and Skegness on June 9, 2017 in Boston, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Sinn Fein's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill (centre left) and party president Gerry Adams (centre) speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
Sinn Fein's party president Gerry Adams speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (L) points to DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (R) as they hold a photocall with their newly elected candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Sinn Fein's Northern Ireland leader Michelle O'Neill (left) and party president Gerry Adams (right) speaking outside Sinn Fein offices on the Falls Road in Belfast after the party emerged with seven MPs following the General Election. PA
DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster (C) holds a brief press conference with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates who stood in the general election on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster holds a press conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on June 9th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Leader of the DUP Arlene Foster holds a press conference at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on June 9th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
DUP leader Arlene Foster along with her MPs pictured at the Stormont Hotel in south Belfast this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017, en route to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II. AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May with her husband Philip arrives at Buckingham Palace where she will seek the Queen's permission to form a UK government on June 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The car carrying Prime Minister Theresa May arriving at Buckingham Palace before her audience with Queen Elizabeth II after the General Election resulted in a hung parliament. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 9, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017, en route to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II, the day after a general election in which the Conservatives lost their majority. British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Friday seek to form a new government, resisting pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority ahead of crucial Brexit talks. May is set to meet the head of state Queen Elizabeth II and ask for permission to form a new government, according to her Downing Street office. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017, en route to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth II, the day after a general election in which the Conservatives lost their majority. British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Friday seek to form a new government, resisting pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority ahead of crucial Brexit talks. May is set to meet the head of state Queen Elizabeth II and ask for permission to form a new government, according to her Downing Street office. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Theresa May arrives at Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth. AFP/Getty Images
Theresa May leaves Conservative Party HQ in Westminster (Rick Findler/PA)
Liberal Democrat Party leader Tim Farron speaks to suporters and the press at 1 Whitehall Place on June 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat Party leader Tim Farron speaks to suporters and the press at 1 Whitehall Place on June 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Leo Varadkar said the UK election result presents an opportunity for Ireland
Paul Nuttall has resigned as the leader of Ukip (Joe Giddens/PA)
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, leader Arlene Foster and former leader Peter Robinson cheer as Emma Little Pengelly is elected to the South Belfast. PA Niall Carson/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster (2nd L), DUP deputy leader and north Belfast candidate Nigel Dodds (L), Emma Little Pengelly (2nd R) DUP south Belfast candidate and Gavin Robinson (R) DUP east Belfast candidate celebrate at the Belfast count centre on June 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After a snap election was called the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday, after a closely fought election the results from across the country are being counted and an overall result is expected in the early hours. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
9 / 6 / 17 PACEMAKER PRESS Francie Molloy wins the Mid Ulster seat for Sinn Féin in the UK Parlimentary Election. PICTURE MATT BOHILL PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/06/2017 Gregory Campbell with his wife Frances after he was re-elected to represent East Londonderry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th June 2017 - Westminster General Election 2017. Michelle Gildernew celebrates at the election count at Omagh Leisure Complex Omagh for West Tyrone and Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Photo by John McVitty / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th June 2017 - Westminster General Election 2017 The election count at Valley Leisure Centre Newtownabbey for East Antrim and South Antrim DUP's Sammy Wilson Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Winner: Sinn Fein candidate for South Down Chris Hazzard celebrates after winning the seat at the election count at the Eikon Exhibition Centre Sprucefield for Lagan Valley, Newry & Armagh, South Down and Upper Bann. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Winner: Jim Shannon (DUP) with his electoral agent Simon Hamilton during the 2017 Westminster Election count at Aurora Leisure Complex, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye
Nicola Sturgeon and Stephen Gethins eat chips on the General Election campaign trail (Jane Barlow/PA)
Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May and Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. AFP/Getty Images
Two anti-Brexit activists pose with their hand-puppets depicting British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party Theresa May, left, and Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in front of the the Houses of Parliament on election day in London, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn casts his vote at a polling station at Pakeman Primary School on June 8, 2017 in London, England. Polling stations have opened as the nation votes to decide the next UK government in a general election. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Toby, a beagle cross waits for his master outside a polling station on the Glen road on June 8, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Voting activists encouraging commuters to vote in the General Election 2017, at Turnham Green station in London. PA
A sign is pictured outside a polling station in Kingston-Upon-Hull, northern England, on June 8, 2017 as Britain votes in the general election. AFP/Getty Images
Copies of the Evening Standard newspaper, with the headline 'You decide' are pictured in central London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. AFP/Getty Images
Dougie the Cocker Spaniel sits beside a sign reading 'Pawing Station' outside a polling station on June 8, 2017 in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. Voters are going to the polls today to vote in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Alliance candidate for West Belfast Sorcha Eastwood casts her vote in the 2017 General Election, with her husband, Dale Shirlow, at a polling station in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, still wearing her wedding dress after they were married earlier in the day. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill arrives at a polling station at St Patrick's primary school in Annaghmore, Clonoe to cast her vote in the General Election. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Arlene Foster, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, leaving Brookeborough Primary School, Co Fermanagh, having cast her vote in the 2017 General Election. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A voter arrives at the polling station in St Nicolas Parish Hall, Belfast, as voting gets underway in the 2017 General Election. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, gives the thumbs up during a campaign rally on Buchanan Street on June 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland ,England, and Wales on today on the final day before polling day in General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May and husband Philip speak to staff at a Dunelm department store during a campaign visit on June 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 to vote in a general election. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Labour supporters an event at the Parade in Watford, ahead of a speech from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Labour supporters an event at the Parade in Watford, during a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May and husband Philip speak to staff at a Dunelm department store during a campaign visit on June 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 to vote in a general election. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Chris Ostrowski, Labour candidate for Watford during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Supporters hold placards as they attend the final general election campaign rally of Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon on June 7, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain on June 3 headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon waves as she holds a final general election campaign rally on June 7, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain on June 3 headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
SOLIHULL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Prime Minister Theresa May greets supporters as she arrives for her last campaign visit at the National Conference Centre on June 7, 2017 in Solihull, United Kingdom. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow to vote in a general election. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Labour supporters cheer as Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party speaks during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L) on May 30, 2017 in Wolverhampton, Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R) on May 22, 2017 in Kingston-upon-Hull, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L) on April 20, 2015 in Edinburgh, and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R) on May 26, 2017 in Manchester. AFP/Getty Images
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh while on the last day of campaigning for the General Election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh while on the last day of campaigning for the General Election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (top) speaking during an event to launch the Conservative Party general election manifesto in Halifax in northern England on May 18, 2017 and Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (bottom) delivering a general election campaign speech on leadership in London on April 29, 2017. Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL AND Niklas HALLE'NBEN STANSALL,NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits local voters at the campaign office in Carshalton during the final day of the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip meet staff at a Dunelm home furnishing shop in Nottingham while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
TOPSHOT - A supporter of Britain's main opposition Labour Party takes a photograph as they wait for the leader Jeremy Corbyn to arrive at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Tourists gather near the Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits Twickenham during the final day of the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Supporters lok-on as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Supporters applaud as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to speak on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Members of the public look-on as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: A young girl holds a sign as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at an event at The Space in Norwich while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron attends a campaign visit in Twickenham, south-west London on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (bottom R) addresses supporters at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses supporters at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron speaks to the media in front of a betting shop as he campaigns with former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable (not pictured) in Twickenham on June 7, 2017 in Twickenham, England. Mr Cable is campaigning to retake his former seat after it was won by Conservative Tania Mathias in the 2015 general election. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 in a general election. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves after addressing supporters at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Philip May (L), husband of Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, listens as she speaks during a Conservative Party general election campaign visit at The Space on June 7, 2017 in Norwich, United Kingdom. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 to vote in a general election. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron (L) and former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable (R) sit in a restaurant as they campaign in Twickenham on June 7, 2017 in Twickenham, England. Mr Cable is campaigning to retake his former seat after it was won by Conservative Tania Mathias in the 2015 general election. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 in a general election. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron (R) and attends a campaign visit with the party's candidate for the Twickenham constituency, Vince Cable, in Twickenham, south-west London on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn greets supporters as he leaves after attending a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves after attending a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn greets supporters as he leaves after attending a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and Vince Cable, local candidate for Twickenham, visit in Twickenham during the final day of the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an event on the Promenade in Colwyn Bay, Wales, while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 31st May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Alliance party general election Manifesto launch at CIYMS in East Belfast.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 31st May 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Alliance party general election Manifesto launch at CIYMS in East Belfast. Paula Bradshaw
Pacemaker Press 5/6/17 Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill during A television debate from the five main parties which was recorded at UTV in Belfast. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 31/5/2017 DUP Leader Arlene Foster and Deputy leader Nigel Dodd during the DUP Manifesto Launch at The Old Courthouse in Antrim on Wednesday morning ahead of the General election on the 8th of June. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
UUP's Robin Swann. Photo: Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 5th June 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. SDLP Candidate Margaret Ritchie pictured on the campaign trail at Warrenpoint. Speaking while campaigning in South Down for Margaret Ritchie, the former SDLP Deputy Leader said: “The SDLP's Margaret Ritchie is in a two horse race and the choice is very clear - elect a candidate who can represent people of all backgrounds, who will protect the Good Friday Agreement and who will fight against Theresa May’s plans for a dementia tax and a hard Brexit. Or choose a party who won’t take their seat, can’t represent all those who live here, and whose main political ambition is to silence South Down’s voice and abandon the fight for the Good Friday Agreement. “Sinn Fein’s plan for Irish politics is to remove all representation from Westminster for the first time since the 1960s, and to end a tradition in Irish politics starts by Daniel O’Connell himself. “Without a functioning Assembly, MPs could be our only public representatives with any power to hold direct rule Ministers to account. To give up that card by voting for abstentionism MPs risks all the progress we’ve made in the last thirty years.”
Labour supporters an event at the Parade in Watford, ahead of a speech from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Labour supporters an event at the Parade in Watford, during a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May and husband Philip speak to staff at a Dunelm department store during a campaign visit on June 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 to vote in a general election. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Chris Ostrowski, Labour candidate for Watford during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May and husband Philip speak to staff at a Dunelm department store during a campaign visit on June 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow June 8 to vote in a general election. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Supporters hold placards as they attend the final general election campaign rally of Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon on June 7, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain on June 3 headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon waves as she holds a final general election campaign rally on June 7, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Britain on June 3 headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an event at the Parade in Watford while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 6, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
SOLIHULL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Prime Minister Theresa May greets supporters as she arrives for her last campaign visit at the National Conference Centre on June 7, 2017 in Solihull, United Kingdom. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow to vote in a general election. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Labour supporters cheer as Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party speaks during a campaign rally at the Parade on June 7, 2017 in Watford, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L) on May 30, 2017 in Wolverhampton, Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R) on May 22, 2017 in Kingston-upon-Hull, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L) on April 20, 2015 in Edinburgh, and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R) on May 26, 2017 in Manchester. Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTOLEON NEAL,OLI SCARFF,LESLEY MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh while on the last day of campaigning for the General Election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 07: SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon, holds a final campaign rally in Leith on July 7, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms Sturgeon urged people to unite behind the SNP and deprive Theresa May of a majority in the 2017 General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event at the Malmaison Hotel in Edinburgh while on the last day of campaigning for the General Election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) speaking during an event to launch the Conservative Party general election manifesto in Halifax in northern England on May 18, 2017 and Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (R) delivering a general election campaign speech on leadership in London on April 29, 2017. Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL AND Niklas HALLE'NBEN STANSALL,NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (top) speaking during an event to launch the Conservative Party general election manifesto in Halifax in northern England on May 18, 2017 and Britain's main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (bottom) delivering a general election campaign speech on leadership in London on April 29, 2017. Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL AND Niklas HALLE'NBEN STANSALL,NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits local voters at the campaign office in Carshalton during the final day of the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip meet staff at a Dunelm home furnishing shop in Nottingham while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, gives the thumbs up during a campaign rally on Buchanan Street on June 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland ,England, and Wales on today on the final day before polling day in General Election. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
TOPSHOT - A supporter of Britain's main opposition Labour Party takes a photograph as they wait for the leader Jeremy Corbyn to arrive at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Tourists gather near the Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron visits Twickenham during the final day of the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Supporters lok-on as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Supporters applaud as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to speak on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Members of the public look-on as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: A young girl holds a sign as Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to supporters on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at an event at The Space in Norwich while on the General Election campaign trail. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. See PA story ELECTION Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
UNSPECIFIED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07: Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks on the Promenade on June 7, 2017 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, United Kingdom. The Labour leader is holding six rallies across Scotland, England and Wales today on the final day before polling day in the General Election (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron attends a campaign visit in Twickenham, south-west London on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (bottom R) addresses supporters at a campaign visit in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on June 7, 2017, on the eve of the general election. Britain on Wednesday headed into the final day of campaigning for a general election darkened and dominated by jihadist attacks in two cities, leaving forecasters struggling to predict an outcome on polling day. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she will enter talks with Theresa May to "explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation" to form a new government with the Conservative party.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will work with her "friends and allies" in the DUP to provide certainty for the UK in its forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Mrs Foster said: "I make no apology for saying that the DUP will always strive for the best deal for Northern Ireland and its people.  But equally, we want the best for all of the United Kingdom."

Following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the Prime Minister said she was confident that she would be able to work with the Democratic Unionists at Westminster in a new administration.

"I will now form a Government - a Government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country," she said.

The pro-Brexit DUP, which returned 10 MPs to Westminster, has found itself kingmaker in the hung Parliament. Both DUP and Sinn Fein were the big winners on the night with the SDLP and UUP wiped out in Northern Ireland. Such a result represents a seismic shift in the power dynamic between the rival nationalist and republican parties.

Results in full:

In one of the biggest upsets, Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan lost his set to the DUP’s Paul Girvan in South Antrim, who had a 3,208 majority.

In Foyle, Sinn Fein took the long-held SDLP seat from Mark Durkan.

Independent Lady Sylvia Hermon was the first Northern Ireland MP to be elected just after 1.10am on Friday morning although her majority of 9,202 was slashed to 1,200.

She was closely followed by Jim Shannon (DUP) in Strangford, returned in Strangford with an increased majority of 18,343.

Gregory Campbell (DUP) was comfortably returned in East Londonderry, as was Sinn Fein’s Paul Maskey in West Belfast.

Mr Maskey said his 27,101 tally was the highest Sinn Fein vote in the constituency.

Alliance leader Naomi Long conceded defeat to the DUP’s Gavin Robinson in East Belfast before a result was declared.

Turnout in most constituencies was very close to the figures in the March Assembly election, and up on the 2015 Westminster election.

Mrs Foster said: “We fought this election on the importance of the Union and I think people really responded to that. It’s going to be a good night for the Union.”

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