News agents are reporting that Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief of staff, Nick Timothy, has resigned, after stating that the general election result has been a “huge disappointment” in a new twist of events.
This has been confirmed as he has published his resignation letter on Conservative Home – a centre-right political blog. He stated that their policy on social care might have been the main cause of the Tory slide in the polls:
“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. But I would like to make clear that the bizarre media reports about my own role in the policy’s inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project. I chose not to rebut these reports as they were published, as to have done so would have been a distraction for the campaign. But I take responsibility for the content of the whole manifesto, which I continue to believe is an honest and strong programme for government.”
The Guardian has also confirmed that Theresa May’s joint chief of staff Fiona Hill has also resigned, a Tory spokesman said.
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