Theresa May's senior aides resign in United Kingdom election aftermath

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

The two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned Saturday, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party after a disastrous election wiped out May's majority in Parliament.

Nick Timothy announced his resignation in a letter posted on the ConservativeHome website, and Fiona Hill has also stepped down.

"The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour", Timothy said.

"I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy program", he said.

He said he regretted introducing the controversial changes to social care without including "a ceiling as well as a floor" but denied the dementia tax was a "personal pet project".

Hill, on the other hand, said she had all the faith in May.

Earlier, May's director of communications until the election was announced, Katie Perrior, called the campaign "pretty dysfunctional", telling the BBC she "needed to broaden her circle of advisers and have a few grey hairs in there who been around a bit and could say "don't do that".

Writing in The Times she said: "Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn't understand how destructive they both were".

May has said she intends to stay as prime minister and is seeking support for the Democratic Unionists to form a government.

"Clearly, the general election result was a huge disappointment", Timothy wrote Saturday.

In an indication of the unease within the party about the link-up with the DUP, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said she had demanded a "categoric assurance" from the Prime Minister that gay rights would not be affected by a deal.

The Downing St. resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats on Thursday.

But she seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

He also said he accepted responsibility for his part in the campaign and believed the party failed to speak to the voters who chose to vote for the opposition.

Amid reports senior Tories were sounding out potential replacements for Mrs May, prominent Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the Prime Minister had six months at most left in Downing Street.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the which same-sex marriage is illegal.

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