Timothy and Hill resign in wake of election

10 Jun

The pair have been in the firing line after Mrs May’s gamble of calling a snap election backfired, with disgruntled Conservatives highly critical of the role of Mr Timothy and Ms Hill played in the campaign.

Mr Timothy acknowledged that one of his regrets was the way the party’s controversial social care reforms, dubbed a “dementia tax” by critics, had been handled.

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The PM was forced into a u-turn within days of unveiling the policy in the Tory manifesto, announcing that there would be a cap on care costs, something which had not been in the original policy document.

In a resignation message on the ConservativeHome website, Mr Timothy said: “I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme.

“In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care.

“But I would like to make clear that the bizarre media reports about my own role in the policy’s inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project.

“I chose not to rebut these reports as they were published, as to have done so would have been a distraction for the campaign.

“But I take responsibility for the content of the whole manifesto, which I continue to believe is an honest and strong programme for government.”

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