Two top aides to British PM May resign after disappointing election

Two top aides to British PM May resign after disappointing election

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job. That would prevent another election, because I think people have had enough of elections".

Asked if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term". "I believe that's important".

Labour have won 261 seats, gaining 36, losing 5, giving them an overall increase of 31.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had earlier called for the Prime Minister to step down from her role after failing to command the landslide she desired.

Mr McDonnell said Labour should "draw on upon all the talents" when it considered its new frontbench although he also gave praise to the existing shadow cabinet.

Never mind that the moderate centrism of her predecessor, David Cameron, won a Conservative Party majority only two years ago. He said it would soon be clear whether disgruntled party members would continue to back May or revoke her leadership "at the end of next week".

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.

Shortly before her statement, senior DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said it was "much too early" to talk of a formal deal. The talks, which the European Union wants to ensure a legally smooth British departure in March 2019, would be more uncertain without a strong negotiatng partner, he added. In Kensington, an overwhelmingly Conservative seat-but also overwhelmingly anti-Brexit-the vote was so close that recounting was suspended at 8 a.m. on Friday so that election officials could go home and rest.

"We all need to pull together to take on Theresa May and take on the Tories", she told Sky News. The chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers Graham Brady has told BBC radio's Westminster Hour program that the meeting has been brought forward to Monday.

- If May did manage to do this, she would then go to the House of Commons to see if her government could survive a motion of confidence, probably after the state opening of parliament on June 19.

Two top aides to British PM May resign after disappointing election
Two top aides to British PM May resign after disappointing election

Under pressure from Conservative cabinet ministers, May accepted the resignation of her two top aides, her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, on Saturday. "I think we'll know very shortly".

DUP leader and former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster who is in negotiations with the Conservatives over what support her party will provide.

Natural bedfellows in a Conservative-led coalition, perhaps, but with their staunch commitment to an open border with neighboring southern Ireland, they could yet prove a decisive and outsized force in Brexit negotiations - and by virtue, the success or failure of the Conservative Party's key manifesto pledge.

At a press conference this afternoon, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the union with Britain is "to the forefront of our hearts and minds" following the party's best ever performance in a United Kingdom election.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

"I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland".

One red line is the idea of Northern Ireland being granted some sort of "special status" when Brexit comes to pass.

"This is going to leave Theresa May struggling to keep control of the Brexit process", said Kit Juckes, strategist at Societe Generale. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the election shock didn't necessarily mean that Britons have changed their minds about leaving but also predicted that "the tone" of negotiations may be affected.

Even Owen Smith, the Labour MP who challenged Corbyn for the leadership past year accepted that he had run a successful campaign.

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