May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks watched by her husband Philip in 10 Downing street London as she addresses the press Friday

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

According to BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith, the pair's departure bought the PM some "breathing space" following 24 hours of recriminations after the Conservatives lost their overall majority.

He told the BBC on Friday that the manifesto's social care policy - dubbed "the dementia tax" by Labour - had become a "serious problem" during the campaign but added that there was no "great appetite" in the party for a leadership contest. This is still on. The Tories needed 326 seats to win but fell short by eight.

Her control freakery, which caused her to take counsel from only three people - her husband, Philip, and Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, her two over-promoted and over-mighty advisers - was what did for her.

But Conservative backbenchers have openly questioned the proposed deal, voicing concerns over the DUP's record on equality and reproductive rights for women.

After the election, May met with Queen Elizabeth II, who announced her intention to form a coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which would provide the Conservative Party with a lack of seats in parliament and hold London through negotiations with Brussels on Britain's withdrawal from the EU. But he tried to shift the blame on to Lynton Crosby, the Australian campaigns guru brought in to help lead the election effort, for failing to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" to voters.

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".

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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.

He said the party's commanding lead in the polls of 20 percentage points at the start of the election period dramatically narrowed after the launch of the Conservatives' manifesto, which he said was "mean-spirited" in its call for a cut funding for children's school lunches and to charge the elderly more for their own care.

"And move to a consensus within the country about what it means and what we seek to achieve as we leave". "We will be making a formal complaint", she wrote.

There have been few clues as to how May might shake up her administration, but the Prime Minister, who campaigned under the mantra "strong and stable", announced that she would retain five key Cabinet ministers in their posts.

Timothy said in his statement that the election result was "a huge disappointment".

The ousting of the aides comes just a fortnight after The Mail on Sunday revealed that Cabinet Ministers were keeping notes of their private exchanges with Mr Timothy and Ms Hill - containing offensive language - and threatening to release them if they were sacked in a reshuffle.

An ally of Mr Johnson told the newspaper: "We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people. Boris is the only option with the liberal values, Brexit credentials and popular appeal".

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