Theresa May Top Aides Resign After Disastrous Election


After Prime Minister Theresa May failed to secure an outright majority in Thursday's general election, she was forced into talks with the DUP to try to form a government.

Ms Traynor said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign had "injected energy" into what otherwise seemed like a stale election.

May's Conservative Party won 318 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons compared to 330 seats in 2015. Labour, written off as nearly unelectable just weeks ago, surpassed expectations by securing 261 seats in a last-minute surge of support.

To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

The two parties are broadly politically aligned, but it remains to be seen what price the DUP will demand for its support.

Police stand guard as protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration against the Conservative party alliance with the DUP outside Downing Street on Saturday.

"We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond", Downing Street said in a statement. "I am sure that this warm partnership will continue and strengthen under your leadership", he said.

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That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

"May stares into the abyss", said The Times' Saturday edition while the Daily Mail led with "Tories Turn On Theresa".

Some senior Tories had 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.

Luke O'Neill, who voted for Labour in Kensington, said he felt Mr Corbyn had motivated young people.

"I was so angry about Brexit that I buried my head in a pillow and screamed", said Ms Louise Traynor, 24, a waitress in London, who had never voted before Thursday.

"This is not the time for sharks to be circling". May, who after (mildly) opposing Brexit in the referendum accepted the verdict of the voters, thought that by holding an early election she could strengthen her ability to secure a definitive divorce from the European Union on terms favorable to the United Kingdom, a so-called "hard Brexit".

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

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"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News. "We don't agree with all their views", he said.

Several newspapers said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being urged by supporters to launch a leadership challenge, but he dismissed the reports as "tripe" in a tweet saying he was backing May.

It was another humiliation for May, and a sign that the socially conservative DUP, with its strong focus on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, will not necessarily be a compliant partner for her minority government.

Many critics, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have expressed concerns over the DUP's stances against gay marriage and abortion, among other issues.

A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting Mrs May.

"Just to be clear, we will act in the national interest". We want to end austerity and invest in this country and that's what we're going to do.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May previous year - called May a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

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Damian Green, a lawmaker in the pro-EU wing of the party, was promoted to first secretary of state - effectively deputy prime minister.