NATIONAL NEWS: Theresa May's closest aides resign amid 'regrets' over Tory election campaign

Prime Minister Theresa May at an event in Yorkshire during the election campaign
Prime Minister Theresa May at an event in Yorkshire during the election campaign
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Two of Theresa May's closest aides have stepped down as the fallout from the general election results continues.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who were the Prime Minister's joint chiefs of staff, resigned amid criticism of the Conservative campaign which saw the party lose its Commons majority.

They were quickly replaced in the role by Gavin Barwell, the former housing minister who lost his Croydon Central seat in the snap election.

Mr Timothy said he took responsibility for his part in the campaign, including his role in the so-called 'dementia tax', which would have seen more people pay for the cost of their social care.

In particular, he said he regretted the decision not to include in the Tory manifesto that these payments would be capped.

But he denied reports that the much-derided policy, over which Mrs May was forced to make what was widely seen as an embarrassing u-turn, had been his 'personal pet project'.

The Conservative Party has begun talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland about forming a coalition to govern the UK.