United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

SIEGEL: When you look at the results from the election, whether the vote returns or the exit polls, do you understand it?

Smith would undoubtedly surprise those in Westminster with his voting choice -- despite being a committed Brexiteer, he opted for the pro-EU Liberal Democrat party.

For one, Labour's unexpected success, coming as it did despite tremendous opposition from the right-wing press and a Conservative campaign that attempted to put national security at the heart of the debate in the wake of terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, demonstrates the limits of the kind of toxic, chauvinistic nationalism that has become the hallmark of right-wing parties across the West. She is now forming a minority government with the DUP.

She also confirmed that her top five cabinet ministers - chancellor Philip Hammond, home secretary Amber Rudd, foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit secretary David Davis, and defence secretary Michael Fallon - would stay in their roles.

The TV channel said Foster had told them she would be travelling to London to meet May at her official Downing Street residence on Tuesday.

In 2015, Northern Ireland health minister and DUP senior member Jim Wells resigned after police started an investigation into comments he made linking gay marriage to child abuse.

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

SCULLY: Well, the Democratic Unionists are a party which strongly believes in Northern Ireland continuing to remain within the United Kingdom.




May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff.

It was anecdotal evidence on the ground that led people to think that Theresa May was making big inroads into the Labour white working class vote, a bit like, I guess, Donald Trump did in the States. And I think pretty much everyone thinks it is only a matter of time before she either resigns or is forced out by her own party. Voters stripped the ruling Conservative Party of its majority in Parliament.

KENYON: Considering the commanding 21-point lead she held less than two months ago over the Labour Party, May's Election Day performance was about as bad as it could be short of losing the election altogether.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons", she said.

The U.K. election results are a setback to May and the Conservative Party ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations in 10 days.

And she suggested that the leverage that her party now enjoys means that the border poll, which Sinn Fein has been demanding, is off the table.

May's focal campaign message was her "strong and stable" leadership that would take Britain through divorce proceedings with Brussels.

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