UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Calvin Saunders
June 11, 2017

Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern after winning the most seats and votes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives back at 10 Downing Street after announcing she would form a minority government.

But she has been forced to persue a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to ensure she can still pass legislation through the House of Commons, where now a majority are fundamentally opposed to the majority of Tory policies.

There were also misgivings about relying on the DUP, which strongly opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles".

"We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government", a spokesman for May said.

It would mean the DUP backing the Government on its Budget and prevent it being brought down by motions of no confidence, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.

Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new chief of staff following the resignation of her two top aides.

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Katie Perrior, who quit as May's communications chief in April, said Timothy and Hill were "great street fighters but poor political leaders" and exercised too much power over the prime minister.

On Saturday, people carrying placards reading anti-DUP and pro-Jeremy Corbyn messages basked in the sun in Parliament Square one day after a shock election result returned a hung parliament.

The humiliating result has heaped pressure on May to resign, but she says she will stay and lead Britain during exit talks with the European Union.

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

"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 in an article published on the ConservativeHome blog.

Some senior Tories have made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives' losing their overall majority in Parliament.

Theresa May looks set to be backed by the Democratic Unionist Party as she attempts to run a minority British government following her general election disaster. May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal. But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian, while the Times headline read: "May stares into the abyss".

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