Two aides of UK Prime Minister resign

Hauwa Abubakar, UK

Fiona Hill (R), UK Prime Minister, Theresa May (M) and her co-chief of staff, Nick Timothy. Picture by ITV News

Two of the UK Prime Minister’s campaign managers have resigned amid claims that they were partly responsible for the party’s loss in the snap election held on Thursday.

Theresa May’s co-chief of staff, Nick Timothy stepped down following pressure from Conservative MPs over his role in the party’s election campaign.

Party’s manifesto
Timothy said he accepted the part he played in the result, especially with regards to the social care plan included in the party’s manifesto.

“I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy program. 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 said in his resignation letter published on a blog site, Conservative Home.

Fiona Hill also resigned after MPs of the Conservatives said the prime minister faced a leadership challenge if the pair remained in their posts.

The Conservatives failed to win 326 seats to become majority party at the parliament.

Coalition government
May has, however, said she would form a coalition government with the DUP, and announced a cabinet would soon be formed. But there seems to be a divide at the Conservative party headquarters, where party bigwigs are said to be discussing and assessing their loss at the polls.

The Conservatives lost 13 seats in the election, which left a situation of uncertainty in the country as no other party won the majority of seats in parliament.

Mercy Chukwudiebere