There is no doubt that Prime Minister Theresa May did not have any inkling that the election would be so drastically against her, but the party is leaving no stone unturned to keep her in power for now. The latest news from here is that two key staff members from PM May's office have submitted their resignations, apparently taking the responsibility for the failure onto their shoulders.
Part of the PM's close inner circle
The two staff members who have put down papers are Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, both Chiefs of Staff at Downing Street. Both of them had come under considerable criticism for a less-than-appealing campaign. Mainly, the campaign was blamed for its inability to retain older voters while the proposals of doing away with winter fuel allowance and the higher long-term care costs are said to have made the PM very unpopular among these voters. Both Hill and Timothy were thought to be very close to the Prime Minister and deeply involved in her decision-making process. With the departure of these two key, yet unpopular members, it is hoped that the Conservatives can regain some ground in the political arena.
Not much choice in the matter
It appears that Timothy and Hill may not have given in their resignations entirely of their own will. Some Conservative party members had made it very clear that they would withdraw support if these two Chiefs of Staff remained on board the PM's team. The resignations are a bid to protect the PM's very precarious position and to keep her in power after the miserable defeat in the May elections. While Tory leaders expressed happiness about the departure of Hill and Timothy, they were cautious about expecting too much in the coming days unless a massive change was wrought in the overall functioning of the ruling party and its manifesto.
The PM had called for elections in a bid to strengthen her position ahead of the critical Brexit talks which are due to start on June 19th. The unexpected result of the elections has clearly indicated that she does not have as much support as she believed. This could mean two things- one, that there is no unanimous agreement on Brexit itself, two, that not everybody is convinced that May is capable of leading Britain in the right direction through and post-Brexit.