Theresa May's top advisers quit over election results

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Mrs May's joint chiefs of staff were warned their extraordinary controlling role at No 10 cannot continue even if their boss keeps power

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Mrs May's joint chiefs of staff were warned their extraordinary controlling role at No 10 cannot continue even if their boss keeps power

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill who had been the main architects of May's disastrous election campaign announced within minutes of each other that they were stepping down from their roles.

It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who chose to vote for Labour".

Katie Perrior, a former director of communications at No 10 Downing Street, said she respected May but her office was "pretty dysfunctional" with Timothy and Hill being accused of bullying behaviour.

The duo are widely credited with running May's election campaign, which focused attention entirely on May rather than the Cabinet, a move that clearly did not pan out well as the Tories ended up losing their majority in the House of Commons and winning just 318 seats, well short of the 326 overall majority and forced to form a minority government with the support of Northern Ireland's regional Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The DUP whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks.

"I do not think people realise how hard it will be for her to operate without her two lieutenants", he wrote of the Prime Minister's future.

Corbyn said, "Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. Of course, the core message was all lost because of the cacophony of noise we were making about social care, and so we were having to fight fires that we created ourselves rather than exposing the Labour Party's insane manifesto".

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

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

He tweeted: "The adviser takes the fall but Theresa May is the one responsible for her own defeat".

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic. "I would have thought that is enough for her to go, actually". "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

May had called for the early election in April in an attempt to strengthen her position as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

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