Top two aides to British PM May quit

Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff, Nick Timothy (left), waiting at haulage and logistics company Davies Transport where British Prime Minister Theresa May is on a visit in north-east England on May 12, 2017.
Joint Downing Street Chief of Staff, Nick Timothy (left), waiting at haulage and logistics company Davies Transport where British Prime Minister Theresa May is on a visit in north-east England on May 12, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's top two aides quit on Saturday (June 10) after her Conservative Party failed to win a majority in a national election.

Nick Timothy, May's co-chief of staff, said on the ConservativeHome website that he stepped down on Friday, while the BBC reported that Fiona Hill had also quit.

"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 wrote.

"I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme. In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care," he added.