In "Personal Blow" Theresa May's Two Closest Advisors Quit After Election Debacle

In the aftermath of the stunning loss by Theresa May's Conservative party in the UK General Elections, bookmakers quickly made Labour's Jeremy Corbin the odds-on favorite to become the UK's next Prime Minister, implying May would resign shortly. That contingency, however, got a last minute reprieve when May announced on Friday she would seek to form a minority government with the help of a small Northern Irish party, the far-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), extending her political career if only for the immediate future. However, the turmoil within the Conservative Party re-emerged on Saturday when Theresa May was forced to part ways with her two closest advisors, after the PM was warned she faced a leadership challenge unless she sacked Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.

While senior Tory party figures cautioned earlier against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would only cause further disruption as Britain prepares to start Brexit negotiations as early as June 19, someone had to take the blame for the crushing electoral setback and according to both AFP and BBC they demanded the heads of May's joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old to stay in office.

May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a "personal blow."

Announcing his resignation on the Conservative Home website, Timothy urged Tory MPs to "get behind" Mrs May but said nothing should be allowed to get in the way of the process of forming a government and beginning Brexit talks. He said the Conservatives' failure to win was not due to a lack of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but due to an "unexpected surge" of support for Labour.

He conceded his party had failed to communicate a sufficiently "positive" message to voters and address their concerns over years of austerity and inter-generational divisions, including over Brexit.


"We were not talking to the people who decided to vote for Labour," he said.

Meanwhile, Hill said it had been a pleasure to serve in government and she believed Mrs May would continue as prime minister.

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The resignation of Hill - a combative character who one ex-colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of government. - was confirmed on Saturday by a party spokesman. The news came as May prepared to name the rest of her cabinet, after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would remain in their posts.

Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among many core voters. As AFP adds, prior to the election, she had been widely expected to sack finance minister Philip Hammond following a reported clash over her Brexit strategy.

The Labour party quickly responded with Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson saying that the PM's advisers had "taken the fall" for her but tweeted the PM was "responsible for her own defeat".

According to the BBC the pair's departure bought the PM some "breathing space" following 24 hours of recriminations after the Conservatives lost their overall majority. It noted that the two were so close to the PM that critical MPs believed that, unless they made way, she would not be able to change her leadership style to adopt a more "outgoing, inclusive, responsive, empathetic approach". BBC adds that senior Conservatives had warned the PM they would instigate a leadership contest at a meeting of backbenchers early next week if the pair did not leave, and were confident they could get the required 48 signatures to trigger a contest.

One former minister, Anna Soubry, welcomed the clearout, saying it was the "right thing to do" and saying the PM must "build a consensus" on Brexit and other issues. But Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said the PM's advisers had "taken the fall" for her but tweeted the PM was "responsible for her own defeat".

Who were the PM's special advisers?

Fiona Hill: Fiercely loyal and seen as a formidable operator, Fiona Hill was at Mrs May's side for four years at the Home Office, becoming a close confidante of the then home secretary. A former Sky News and Scotsman journalist in her 40s, she led work on the Modern Slavery Act and published her own report on the subject.


She was forced to resign as Mrs May's special adviser in a 2014 dispute with Michael Gove over who was to blame for briefing newspapers about an increase in extremism in schools. But she was brought back into the fold when Mrs May became PM.


Nick Timothy: The bearded Brummie is the son of a steelworker, who went to grammar school and joined the Conservative Party at the age of 17. He is credited with influencing the PM's views on social mobility and the need to put the Conservatives "at the service of working people".


His ambition to be a Conservative MP was reportedly thwarted by David Cameron, following a row over special advisers being asked to canvass in a by-election.


847328_3527 Dilluminati Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:45 Permalink

The UK really needs a liberal PM who will open the borders even more then Teresa May did durig her 8 years as Home Secretary. The transition to the Caliphate will go smoother if the dumbed down brits don't resist.Pretty interesting how the British one time ruled over most of the muzzie nations spreading civilization (using the term loosely), and now the Muslims will rule over the infidels with Sharia law.

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HowdyDoody 847328_3527 Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:49 Permalink

A description of the 'far right' DUP. Given the Tories are happy to sign up with the Saudis ethnically cleansing of Yemen, trains 'rebels' in Iraq to attack Syria, etc, this is not surprising.

"It is fascinating that, after an election in which the Tories and their mainstream media acolytes attacked Jeremy Corbyn at every opportunity for his alleged sympathies with the IRA, the Tories have come to an arrangement with a party that was from its inception and still is the political wing of the loyalist terrorism. The mainstream media never even mentioned the existence of Loyalist terrorism during its sustained attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

The loyalist terrorists murdered 1,016 people in the period 1969-2001. They shot someone dead in a supermarket car park in an internecine dispute actually during the election campaign. In all the media attacks on Corbyn about the IRA, there was no acknowledgement that Loyalist terrorism even existed. I think we can be pretty certain that the media are not going to start digging into the terrorist links of the Tories’ allies now. But social media is going to discredit them.

The DUP are corrupt, homophobic, racist and above all religious bigots of the worst kind. The nastiest people in politics. The utterly discredited Theresa May refuses to resign and intends to continue to rule over us with the support of this ugly faction. Popular support for the Tory government is going to plunge to unprecedented levels. This gruesome malformation of a bigots’ alliance between Brexiteers is not going to last long as a government, and the popular retribution will be massive."

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philipat HowdyDoody Sat, 06/10/2017 - 21:21 Permalink

IMHO it is quite right that these 2 should go. They are most closely associated with the Conservative manifesto policies regarding social care costs. It was this, more than anything, that alienated the conservative base which, together with "promises" of free everything by commie Corbyn, turned what could have been (and should have been) a 100+ overall majority into a small minority. With this and the overall arrogant way in which the campaign was conducted, they AND May must be help accountable. May lives to fight on but probably only until the next crisis. Another election seems probable within 2 years, by which time the conservatives had better have their act together, otherwise the UK will have a communist Government.

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man of Wool yabs Sat, 06/10/2017 - 13:38 Permalink

Oh he might. You see the election isn't over. The Conservatives are not able to make a government. Mrs Kim yung-may is about to be sacked and the irish Christian terrorists she has shacked up with are getting cold feet about coalition as they are being exposed for the right wing lunatics they are.So corbyn could be asked to form a government if the right wing neocon neo liberal shirt lifters can't get a leader who can hold the party and country together. there will be immediate recriminations in the conservative party when May goes. They will be split.  

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CRM114 Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:15 Permalink

So, appointing and backing the two people she relied on who screwed up so badly somehow doesn't reflect on May's judgement? 'course it does.She'll be out within a month, and her challengers are just getting rid of her supporters first.

johnnycanuck Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:28 Permalink

Better you do an article on Trump's latest round of Pigeon Chess.  Knocks over Qatar and affiliates then Tillerson goes about trying to pick up the pieces but not to be outdone, Herr Beakendeoffalot goes at it again full tilt yesterday, shits on Qatar then struts about taking credit for the actions of his favorite Wahabbi Fambily Oyganization.  Israels' favorite too it just so happens."Tillerson, who called on other Arab countries to ease blockade on Qatar an hour ago, is sitting in Rose Garden watching Trump assail Qatar." 

swmnguy johnnycanuck Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:20 Permalink

That's twice in two weeks Trump has totally mocked Tillerson in public.  Of course, between times Tillerson got ExxonMobil's joint venture with the Saudi state-owned oil company approved, on a petrochemicals plant in Texas.  Of course the Royalists were claiming that going into business with the Saudis on US soil was some kind of 27-D chess move.Maybe Tillerson, who swore up and down he'd recused himself from anything having to do with ExxonMobil for a full year! of his term as US SoS, doesn't care about anything but lining his own and his buddies' pockets.  Or maybe he's fine with having his boss double-cross him twice in two weeks (Paris Accords and Qatar) because he just has no pride.  But you don't get to be CEO of a company like ExxonMobil by being stupid and docile, so it's probably the former.If Tillerson had any integrity at all he'd have already quit.Now everyone in the world knows not to pay any attention to Tillerson.  Tillerson has no weight in the Trump Administration, unless he was the very last person to talk with The President just before the mic went hot.

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FarCanal Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:29 Permalink

DUP Far right? Oh yes Dont believe in Climate change and same sex marriage.Cultural Marxists haven't seen Far Right yet, but they will know the difference when they do.

logicalman FarCanal Sat, 06/10/2017 - 14:01 Permalink

So the Tories who claim to fight terrorism will now need to seek the approval of the DUP. DUP will need to seek the approval of the UDA, UVF and RHC (Ulster Defence Association, Ulster Volunteer Force, Red Hand Commando) with whom they have a lot of connections.I think DUP's views on Climate & gay marriage are close to irrelevant next to that.

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adonisdemilo Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:48 Permalink

There are many more in Government, and the Civil Service, who need to be shown the door.She could start with "Sir" Rodney Heywood, still in place even thogh he was THE cheer leader for Tony "war criminal" Blair.Then round up ALL the Civil Servants and Tory MP's who voted the stay in the EU.Every one of them obviously would prefer to replace our Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II, with Drunker Junker.In my book that makes them TRAITORS.

Robert of Ottawa Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

Why is it that any party to the right of socialists are "far-right". One reason May lost was because she is left wing, just less so than Corbin. Itr's known as the Not Conservative party for a reason.

Soul Glow Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

The fact that she called a snap election makes me think that a high power didn't want Brexit, knew they could rig the voting machines better this time, and forced her to make the decision, because why else call a snap election other than to sabatage the Conservative Party?

CRM114 Soul Glow Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:24 Permalink

Because she's an arrogant f#ckwit.There's ample evidence that every single UK party leader since Thatcher has been an arrogant f#ckwit. As were all of their competitors for leader.That's why the UK is further down the sewer pipe than ever and headed for oblivion.Why is that so hard for you to accept?Not everything is a conspiracy.Hanlon's Razor.

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numapepi Sat, 06/10/2017 - 12:04 Permalink

If May had come out with a forceful statement on the London bridge attack she would have won in a landslide. But alas, she is an enabler of the Islamisation of Europe, as such she is a traitor to liberty and freedom.