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Theresa May's ex-spin chief attacks 'arrogant' advisers

Theresa May is facing calls to sack chief aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Credit: PA

Theresa May's former head of PR has turned on her Prime Minister's two closest advisers in an article opening the lid on her "painful" ten months working at Downing Street.

Katie Perrior, who quit after the snap election was announced, lashed out at aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill for aggression and arrogance that she said saw them overrule even cabinet ministers in a piece for The Times.

It comes as a growing swell of Conservative MPs and officials call for the pair to be sacked for their decisive role in the election campaign that saw the party lose their majority.

The chiefs of staff were great street fighters but poor political leaders.

Great leaders lead by bringing people with them, not alienating them before having even digested breakfast.

What I could never work out was whether Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn’t understand how destructive they both were.

– Katie Perrior

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Arlene Foster praises 'best ever election result'

Arlene Foster speaking on Friday afternoon. Credit: ITV News

DUP leader Arlene Foster has described her party's election result as the "best ever".

Speaking after Theresa May announced she will be supported by the Northern Irish party, Ms Foster confirmed, saying: "We will enter discussions with the Conservative Party to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation."

She went on to say that we live in "challenging times" and that "we now face uncertainty in Westminster".

She added: "Those who want to tear apart the union that we cherish and benefit from so hugely have been sent a clear and residing message."

Labour blasts May as 'arrogant and deluded' after speech

Stella Creasy led criticism of PM's speech Credit: PA

Labour MPs were quick to criticise the Prime Minister after she announced the DUP would be supporting her in government.

Steve McCabe said Theresa May has "no moral right" to be leader, while Stella Creasy joked that the PM's speech was "written pre the actual result".

Meanwhile, Ian Mearns accused Mrs May of 'living in a parallel universe".

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May to remain as PM with Tories supported by DUP

Theresa May speaks outside Number 10 Credit: ITV News

Theresa May will remain as Prime Minister and the Conservatives will be supported by the DUP in parliament.

Speaking after meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, she said she intends to form a government that will provide "certainty" and guide the country through Brexit talks.

She said she was confident that the Tories would be able to work together with the Democratic Unionist Party in the "interests of the whole UK".

Mrs May added that she will work for a "Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country".

Theresa May arrives at Palace to meet Queen

Theresa May leaves Number 10 before travelling short distance to Palace. Credit: ITV News

Theresa May has arrived at Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to form a government.

She left Number 10 with her husband Phillip at around 12.20pm.

It is believed Mrs May will attempt to form a government with the DUP.

A DUP source told The Guardian: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.”

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