Number 10 say there will be no 'third person' between Trump and May

Downing Street has dismissed suggestions that Ukip leader Nigel Farage could help foster relations between President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mrs May's official spokeswoman said that the government already has "established" ways of contacting Mr Trump and his team, and that they are working on building contacts in the US.

The spokeswoman said that the Prime Minister had already spoken to Mr Trump and been invited to Washington at the earliest opportunity.

She also said that when Trump and May spoke last week after his shock election, he said he looked forward to a close relationship like the one Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher enjoyed.

She added: "I don't remember there being a third person in that relationship."

The comments came after Mr Farage insisted to ITV News that he should be the person to help build relations between Mr Trump and Mrs May.