United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Lance Nichols
June 13, 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, clinging on in Downing Street, will appeal for the support of her members of parliament (MPs) Monday, after losing the Conservatives a cherished government majority in last week's election.

May formed her cabinet despite failing to win a majority in Thursday's parliamentary election, when her Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats.

The DUP is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and once appointed an environment minister who believes human-driven climate change is a myth.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has expressed his concerns for the Northern Ireland peace process if the Conservative government is propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party.

May's office says that the DUP had agreed to in outline to a "confidence and supply" arrangement.

Fallon said it would not be a formal coalition, instead the DUP's 10 MPs would support the government "on the big things" such as the budget, defence issues and Brexit.

May remains in 10 Downing Street with a much diminished power base after her Conservative party fell short of an overall majority in the House of Commons, the lower house of the United Kingdom parliament, as the general election results threw up a hung Parliament yesterday.

Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers resigned on Saturday amid calls for the leader to sack them or face a leadership challenge on Monday.

May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced on Saturday that they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

In throwing away her majority on an early election, May has lost control of the Conservative Party, Parliament, her policy manifesto and Brexit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and that talks must start quickly.


"I'm sorry for all those colleagues who lost their seats and didn't deserve to lose and of course I'll reflect on what happened", May, her voice quavering, said in a pooled interview to broadcasters.

"Gavin will have an important role to play in that".

In a statement after returning from Buckingham Palace, where she received the Queen's permission to form a government, May shrugged off a growing backlash in the Conservative Party, and said she would provide the "certainty" the country needed, The Guardian reported.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May listens as the declaration at her constituency is made for in the general election in Maidenhead, England, Friday, June 9, 2017.

The Telegraph newspaper said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace May.

"The Irish government needs to seize the initiative to secure designated special status for the North within the European Union as part of the Brexit negotiations".

The national election left the Tories eight seats short of an overall majority, resulting in a hung parliament.

There is also anger among the party membership over the huge election losses and May's gamble to call a snap general election a full three years ahead of when it would have been officially due in 2020. A former Sky News and Scotsman journalist in her 40s, she led work on the Modern Slavery Act and published her own report on the subject.

A similar story also appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times, claiming that several senior cabinet ministers are urging the former London Mayor to launch a power grab in Downing Street.

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