May's top 2 aides quit after election criticism

Theresa May did not want to call an election but was talked into it by her advisers Ben STANSALL  afp  Getty Images

Theresa May did not want to call an election but was talked into it by her advisers Ben STANSALL afp Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has bowed pressure from inside her Parliamentary Party and accepted the resignation of two top advisers.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill were May's co-chiefs of staff.

Many believe the results of the 2017 general elections will also impact Britain's exit from the 27-nation bloc, as the main reason behind calling for sudden elections was to strengthen May's hands in parliament to negotiate with Brussels and pass necessary legislation.

She obtained Queen Elizabeth's approval to form a new government and will ally Conservatives with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats.

But he added he took "responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme" and "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".

Known by her married name of Fiona Cunningham at the time, Ms Hill was forced to resign from the Home Office in 2014 following a spectacular row with then education secretary Michael Gove over Islamic extremism in state schools.

In his resignation letter, Timothy said that the campaign had failed to convey May's "positive plan for the future" to voters and urged Conservatives to rally behind the embattled prime minister.

On the same website Ms Hill said: "I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister and do it brilliantly".

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. However, many within the Conservative party are concerned about the alignment with the DUP, which holds socially conservative views on many key issues.

"I want to place on record my sorrow for the Conservative Members of Parliament who lost their seats, several of whom are close friends".

Former aide to Mrs May, Katie Perrior, today claimed that the pair caused a "stench" in Downing Street with a bullying and dysfunctional attitude.

"The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalizing a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week", the statement said.

Their departures from Downing Street came as Tory MPs demanded the Prime Minister to change her governing style in the wake of the election meltdown.

"They really only know one way to operate and that's to have enemies and I'm sure I'm one of those this morning".

The Labour leader, who is expected to announce his shadow cabinet on Sunday, said his party was ready to form a minority government of its own, but stressed he would not enter into any "pacts or deals" with other parties.

Mrs May was working on a Cabinet reshuffle, although the election result makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by making wholesale changes as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches.

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