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British PM Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

British PM Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

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

He wrote on the ConservativeHome site: "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".

Apart from Gove and her close ally Damian Green, promoted to Cabinet Office minister to oversee the day-to-day running of the government, May confirmed most of the ministers from her previous cabinet.

If May was right that her party's narrow majority impaired her ability to negotiate optimal terms for withdrawal from the European Union, it's hard to see how she (or another Conservative prime minister) wouldn't be at an even greater disadvantage negotiating on behalf of a minority government.

If Corbyn had claimed seven more seats, the total seats won by Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and one independent MP would have come to 322 - enough to dethrone the Conservatives of their power.

After a holiday in Wales, May said she had reluctantly chose to bring forward the election by three years to strengthen her hand in negotiations with the European Union, talks which will reshape Britain's role in the world and that of a bloc praised by many for ensuring peace after World War Two.

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

Labour increased their vote by three million in this election and Jez believes he has the support to lead Britain.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said, as a political crisis brewed around her.

They wanted the campaign to focus on May and a clear message that only she could be trusted.




For the DUP, the arrangement puts them in a hugely advantageous position by giving them a bargaining chip to secure concessions on specific policies.

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

In a statement yesterday morning the Labour leader urged Ms May to resign so he could form a minority government. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

"There's so much more that we can do, so much more that we need to say about the future of the country and we can only do that if we've got our best possible people rallying around our leader and speaking out for those who've elected to change the country".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said "we have made good progress but the discussions continue".

"You know that I've got disagreements with Jeremy on particular issues, whether it's security, economy - I think we're past the period where we should be asking people to pretend they've got different views".

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties. But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

"May fights to remain PM", the Daily Telegraph headlined.

'There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way'.

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