British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Conservative Party Headquaters with her husband Philip on June 9, 2017 in London, England. After a snap election was called the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday, in a closely fought election the results from across the country are being counted and an overall result is expected in the early hours. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
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By Reuters
June 10, 2017

(LONDON) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top two aides quit on Saturday after her Conservative Party failed to win a majority in a national election.

Nick Timothy, May’s co-chief of staff, said on the ConservativeHome website that he stepped down on Friday, while the BBC reported that Fiona Hill had also quit.

“The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour,” Timothy wrote.

“I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme. 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 added. (Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Kate Holton)

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