May's top aides resign after United Kingdom election fiasco

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"I am sorry for those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful but also particularly sorry for those colleagues who were MPs or ministers who had contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and didn't deserve to lose their seats".

Mr Timothy acknowledged that one of his regrets was the way the party's controversial social care reforms, dubbed a dementia tax by critics, had been handled.

Downing Street said Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon would remain in post. We have worked well with May. But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

Given May's diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and - by extension - the Brexit negotiations. Well the mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.

Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU.

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.

The Conservative leader spent Friday in hard conversations with senior ministers, whose support she now desperately needs despite having likely planned to sack some just 48 hours ago when she expected to win the election outright.

Concerns were further fueled when it emerged that the DUP's leader Arlene Foster met with the UDA's chief during the election campaign, just 48 hours after the murder of a local man in a supermarket vehicle park.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is not legal.

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He said: "I am backing Theresa May".

Analysts say May's electoral debacle could reopen what had seemed largely a closed debate - both with pro-EU members of Parliament trying to take advantage of the prime minister's weakness and Euro-skeptic government ministers threatening her if she dares water down a Brexit deal.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

"It's all moving - lots of chat behind the scenes from Conservatives furious with her for calling this election in the first place".

Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace on Friday, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority, the BBC reported. "That's what I voted for no matter how it turned out".

A partnership between the Conservatives and the DUP could potentially destabilize the peace process in Northern Ireland because the DUP is backed by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a violent nationalist paramilitary group.

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior party members promised to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Corbyn into power.

A similar story also appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times, claiming that several senior cabinet ministers are urging the former London Mayor to launch a power grab in Downing Street.