Theresa May took the blame for the Tories election disaster tonight as she appeared in front of Conservative MPs for the first time. As she battled to cling to No 10 after her gamble on an early election backfired spectacularly, the PM said: 'I got us into this mess and I'm going to get us out of it.' The Prime Minister repeatedly apologised to her MPs she had served the party since she was 12 and would stay on as their leader 'as long as you want me to'. Mrs May was greeted to the meeting with around 25 seconds of table-banging and a brief cheer as she arrived at the crunch meeting in Parliament. But amid fury from her MPs the reception was far from the hero's welcome she might have enjoyed had she returned from the election with a healthy majority.
Corbyn will bid to BLOCK the Queen's Speech to force his way into power as close ally demands fresh election
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry (inset) vowed to use parliamentary tactics to thwart Theresa May's government as she demanded a fresh general election. Ms Thornberry - who is among Mr Corbyn's most trusted political supporters - urged the party's activists to get ready to start campaigning again because of Mrs May 's precarious position as Prime Minister. Ms Thornberry has repeatedly claimed Labour won last week's election and has accused Theresa May of ‘squatting in No10’.
Theresa May holds first Cabinet meeting since election as Queen's Speech is DELAYED: PM tears up manifesto to strike a deal with DUP that will ditch new grammar schools and cuts for pensioners but KEEP the target to reduce immigration
Theresa May met her reshuffled Cabinet in Downing Street for the first time since her disastrous election gamble backfired. As the ailing Premier fights to hold on to power, she has delayed next Monday's Queen's Speech amid wrangling with Northern Ireland's DUP party about what exactly will be in the cobbled together plan for new laws. Monday June 19 has been in the Queen's diary for months and moving it could mean either a week long delay or forcing the Monarch to miss a day of the horse racing at Ascot, where she is expected every day between Tuesday and Saturday. Plans to scrap the triple lock on pensions, means-test the winter fuel allowance and repeal the foxhunting ban are set to be ditched. Mrs May's dream of creating a new generation of grammar schools is also set to be shelved. Instead, the Queen's Speech will focus mainly on a narrow agenda of Brexit and combating terrorism and extremism. Ministers also remain committed to cutting immigration to the tens of thousands, No 10 said today. At the meeting were (from left) Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Business Secrertary Greg Clark, Education Secretary Justine Greening, Mrs May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Scotland Secretary David Mundell, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Aid Secretary Priti Patel.
'Unbelievably self-indulgent': David Davis swipes at leadership jockeying by Boris's allies as he insists May WILL cling on in Downing Street
The Brexit Secretary urged Tory MPs to get behind Theresa May instead of calling for her to step aside - saying she is a 'good Prime Minister'. The rebuke came after rumours started swirling that Mr Johnson is preparing to launch a fresh leadership bid in the wake of the election debacle. A close ally of the Foreign Secretary said over the weekend that it was 'go-go-go' for Mr Johnson 's leadership push in the wake of the election disaster. But Mr Johnson has flatly denied agitating for Mrs May's departure and urged Tory MPs to 'calm down' - warning they risk putting Jeremy Corbyn in No10.
Duchess of Cambridge praises 'remarkable' NHS staff who treated London Bridge attack survivors - and is left shocked by the harrowing details of victims' wounds
The Duchess of Cambridge, 35, is meeting with staff (right) and victims of the London Bridge terror attack who are recovering at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, south east London, following the atrocity on June 3. The latest London terror attack saw three terrorists – all shot dead by police – crash a car into crowds on London Bridge before making their way towards the busy pubs and restaurants of nearby Borough Market, where they randomly attacked innocent bystanders with knives. Last week the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited patients at staff the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in the aftermath of the tragedy. Kate's visit today wasn’t publicised in advance to enable staff to continue to treat those affected by the events of June 3, which left eight people dead and dozens wounded, without a fuss.
Homeless hero who pulled nails from children's faces after the Manchester bomb is pictured back on the streets despite being offered a home by West Ham's boss
The homeless hero who described how he pulled nails from the faces of injured children in the aftermath of the Manchester attack is back on the streets (pictured left). Stephen Jones received worldwide adulation after he ran to help victims at the Manchester Arena after hearing an explosion while sleeping rough nearby. West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan and his son even offered to pay rent on a house for him for the next six months to 'help him get on his feet'. However the 35-year-old (shown right) has been pictured sleeping rough outside a bank in central Manchester, just three weeks after his heroics. Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 119 when he detonated a nail bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena (pictured inset). Mr Jones, who had been sleeping nearby, recalled watching in horror as children covered in blood began pouring out of the arena, leaving behind 'lifeless' bodies.
Travellers hurl pensioner, 73, to the ground and knock out her FALSE TEETH after she single-handedly stopped them entering a nature reserve with their seven caravans
Sarah Freeman (inset), 73, said her teeth were knocked out as she fell to the ground when a group of travellers 'forced her out of the way of the gates' to Hilly Fields nature reserve (pictured left and right) in Colchester, Essex. Ms Freeman said she saw the group arrive with seven caravans and decided to psychically block the gates because another group had 'left a huge mess' at the beauty spot last year. Witnesses said police eventually arrived and the travellers left the scene.
Coastguard abseils down a 180ft cliff face to rescue an injured jet skier who clung to rocks for 90 MINUTES after falling into the sea
An injured jet-skier has been rescued from a cliff ledge after hitting a submerged object and falling into the sea. The man scrambled on to a ledge about 10ft up the cliff face (right) after falling into the water off the coast of Seaford, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, which left him with a badly injured leg yesterday morning. He then got himself to safety away from an incoming tide, jagged rocks and choppy seas. An RNLI lifeboat was unable to reach him, so a coastguard rescue team member was lowered down the 180ft cliff to winch him up (left). The man was then attended to by paramedics waiting on the cliff top (centre). A UK Coastguard spokesman praised the jet-skier for wearing a life-jacket and suitable wetsuit, as well as the actions of his companion who phoned 999. Temperatures in Seaford reached a high of 64F (17.7C) yesterday while winds were gusting at about 10mph.
Give me a brake! Cyclist 'bumped off' his bike by driver gets his revenge by slyly applying the caravan's handbrake…then filming him struggle to drive off
Ken Lofts, 48, said he played a prank on a driver after the caravan collided with him at a set of traffic lights in Scarborough town centre last Monday. After the driver allegedly failed to even notice the shunt, furious Ken pulled up the handbrake on the trailer and looked on in amusement as the lights changed FIVE TIMES before the car eventually got up and running again. Hilarious footage shows a group trying to push the caravan to get it moving as the Vauxhall Vectra's wheels spin hopelessly - all failing to realise the handbrake was on.
Now THAT'S arm candy! £125,000 Hermès Birkin becomes the most expensive handbag ever sold in Europe at Christie's first sale of designer totes
The record for the most handbag ever sold in Europe was shattered at an auction in London today when a cool £125,000 was forked out for a Hermès Birkin (top left). Other designer buys were estimated to fetch thousands, including (clockwise from top centre) a Chanel evening bag; a mini Hermès Kelly; a blue crocodile Birkin; a rare Hermès Constance and a micro mini Kelly,
Over 1,000 people detained as police fire tear gas at protesters shouting 'Putin is a thief' during anti-corruption rallies across Russia after opposition leader is arrested
Russian police on Monday detained as many as 750 protesters in Moscow, where people were demonstrating against official corruption. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested earlier in the day as he tried to leave his home ahead of the planned anti-Kremlin protest, his wife said, but she called for the demonstration to go ahead all the same. There were anti-Putin rallies in more than 180 towns and cities including Russia's Pacific capital Vladivostok where 22 were detained. In Putin's home city of St Petersburg, there were around 300 arrests by 3pm local time on Russia Day, which marks the country's emergency from the USSR a quarter of a century ago.
The beautiful side to North Korea: Photographer claims Kim's communist enclave is 'extremely clean' and an 'exotic destination' we should all visit
Photographer Reuben Teo, 31, from Sarawak, Malaysia, took the photos of the everyday life of people in North Korea during a trip to the country last month. Mr Teo was only told not to photograph military, checkpoints and construction while in the country, and believes his pictures show a different side to North Korea than how it is usually portrayed in the media. Mr Teo said that he had visions of ‘military, war and propaganda’ in his head when he went to visit the country earlier this month. He said that he realized that North Korea was ‘stuck in time’, and it was as though he had been taken back to the 1980s when he arrived in the country
Switched at birth: Parents who raised the WRONG child for 27 years after Austrian hospital mixed up two babies are awarded £80,000 - but still don't know who their real daughter is
An Austrian hospital has been ordered to pay €90,000 for handing a mother the wrong baby who she raised as her own for 27 years. Doris Gruenwald (left), who was born in 1990, only found out a few years ago she was not biologically related to the couple she thought were her parents after she took a DNA test. It turns out the hospital dropped a clanger nearly 30 years ago and mixed her and another child up, meaning one of them remains unidentified after Evelin Greunwald (right) spent nearly three decades thinking she was nurturing her biological child.