BLUE MURDER: Theresa May's top advisors resign over humiliating election result

Claudine Rigal
Juin 12, 2017

The BBC reported that May had been warned that she would have faced a leadership challenge on Monday unless she sacked the pair. "In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care", he added.

Now Nick Timothy has confirmed his resignation from her team after 24 hours of Tories MPs calling for their heads to roll.

Tory MPs rounded on Mrs May's two closest advisors and joint chief of staff, accusing them of a disaster campaign that cost the Tories an overall majority.

The Conservative Party failed to win a majority in the general elections where the Tories emerged as the largest party but couldn't reach the magical figure of 326 seats needed to form government in the 650-seat House of Commons in the country.

Hill's departure was announced soon after by a Conservative party spokesperson as the news of Timothy's resignation went public.

"It's been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent prime minister", Hill wrote in a shorter statement Saturday.

Unfairly or not, Ms Hill has become known as the Prime Minister's defender-in-chief.

David Davis will stay on as Brexit secretary and Sir Michael Fallon will keep his role as defence secretary.

Sources close to Sir Lynton, who was credited with masterminding David Cameron's 2015 election and Boris Johnson's successful mayoral bid, claim he wasn't given the same control over the General Election campaign and is anxious Thursday's result could trash his reputation.

"I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign".

This is a measure of May's new fragility since losing her Parliamentary majority, a fragility that will have a huge impact on the Prime Minister's ability to force through a Brexit deal in her own image.

As the Conservative leadership begins formal negotiations with the DUP, disquiet is being expressed in some quarters about the move.

Charles Tannock, a Conservative member of the European Parliament, said the DUP, which is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion, was a "hardline, populist, protectionist" party and a "poor fit" as a partner in government for his party.

He said the party's commanding lead in the polls of 20 percentage points at the start of the election period dramatically narrowed after the launch of the Conservatives' manifesto, which he said was "mean-spirited" in its call for a cut funding for children's school lunches and to charge the elderly more for their own care.

May's courting of DUP has triggered criticism in the media and among members of her party, who have described DUP as anti-abortionist and regressive on LGBTI rights.

"Experience shows us that unionists have minimal influence on any British government".

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland", said the MP, who is a lesbian.

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