British prime minister names new chief of staff


Theresa May's top advisers have sacrificed themselves in a bid to save her premiership as friends and rivals alike move to exploit her government's weakness.

The role of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill as Mrs May's joint chiefs of staff had been severely criticised by disgruntled Tories in the wake of the election result.

Ex-minister Gavin Barwell, who lost his seat in Thursday's election, was last night named as the new chief of staff.

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.

The Conservative Party has begun talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland about forming a coalition to govern the UK.

"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 St. says the Cabinet will discuss the agreement Monday.

British Prime MinisterTheresa May gives a speech at 10 Downing Street after meeting with the Queen in London, Britain on June 9, 2017.

The Democratic Unionist Party is a socially conservative, pro-British party known for opposing abortion and marriage equality.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has telephoned the Prime Minister and demanded assurances that she is not planning to ditch Tory commitments to gay rights in return for DUP votes in the Commons.

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"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", said the MP, who is a lesbian.

May's office has already said that the senior Cabinet members - Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their current jobs, but she is expected to reshuffle the lower ranks of ministers.

Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers have quit after the Conservatives failed to win a majority of MPs in the general election.

That impression was underlined in a brutal account by Katie Perrior, the former No 10 director of communications who stood down in April on the day the general election was called.

She also echoed comments made by Evans and Perrior that much of the party had been shut out of the campaign.

Writing in the Times, Perrior added: "May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn't understand how destructive they both were".

Chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill resigned shortly after Conservative members of parliament said failure to get rid of May's two close aides could spark an immediate fight for leadership of the party.

Timothy had been widely blamed for the social care plan, over which May was forced to backtrack in the middle of the election campaign following signs it was hitting the party's core support.

One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that the United Kingdom is a divided country: "many people are exhausted of the tough economy, many are disappointed or unhappy with Brexit", Timothy said in a statement on the Conservative Home website.