Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017 as results from a snap general election show the Conservatives have lost their majority.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faced pressure to resign on June 9 after losing her parliamentary majority, plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
May loses political gamble in UK vote
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Some Conservative MPs are looking to remove May from power

The party lost its parliamentary majority in surprise election results

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British Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have begun a purge in her party after shock election results threw the future of her leadership in doubt.

May’s co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced their resignations Saturday on the Conservative Home political blog. Timothy conceded in a statement that he had failed to carry out an effective election campaign, while Hill made no mention of her performance.

May called the general election three years earlier than required by law, with the aim of sweeping an even greater majority for her party before Brexit talks in just eight days to take the country out of the EU.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit on Saturday in the wake of the vote.

May’s attempts to form a government with support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) appear to be taking longer than first thought. On Saturday night, Downing Street issued a statement claiming that a preliminary deal had been reached, but hours later was forced to issue a second statement clarifying that no agreement had been finalized.

The Prime Minister is also fending off a mutiny in her own party. Conservative MPs are publicly airing their anger, some calling for her ouster and others demanding radical change in her style of leadership.

Several MPs have said they were angered by key points in the Conservatives’ manifesto, the document that outlined the party’s agenda.

MP says manifesto was ‘arsenic’

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09:  Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after returning from Buckingham Palace on June 9, 2017 in London, England. After a snap election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday. The closely fought election has failed to return a clear overall majority winner and a hung parliament has been declared.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
How an extraordinary UK election unfolded
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Nigel Evans was among Conservative MPs to call for Timothy’s resignation, and said “anyone with their fingers” on the document should resign.

“It was absolute arsenic from beginning to end,” Evans told CNN.

Evans confirmed that some MPs are calling for May’s resignation, although he himself is not.

But he slammed May’s style of governance as tone deaf to her own Cabinet ministers and MPs, whom he said were better in touch with voters on the ground.

He said the party’s commanding lead in the polls of 20 percentage points at the start of the election period dramatically narrowed after the launch of the Conservatives’ manifesto, which he said was “mean-spirited” in its call for a cut funding for children’s school lunches and to charge the elderly more for their own care.

“The campaign was going well until the manifesto was launched. Of course, the core message was all lost because of the cacophony of noise we were making about social care, and so we were having to fight fires that we created ourselves rather than exposing the Labour Party’s insane manifesto.”

Katie Perrior, May’s former director of communications, described an atmosphere of toxicity and intimidation by Timothy and Hill.