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Senior Tories oddly supportive of Theresa May's plan to stay

05 September, 2017, 18:43 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Senior Tories oddly supportive of Theresa May's plan to stay

"I think she gets it". There's an important job to be done in the United Kingdom.

"The truth is we ran a very poor election and you can't just brush that under the table and pretend it didn't happen - not least because we went from having a workable majority to no majority at all, so that stands to reason", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she had agreed with her Japanese counterpart to work together to speed up the rate at which sanctions are imposed on North Korea after a missile test earlier this week. With reports, perhaps "fake news", suggesting she'd set a date to resign - it was time to take a position.

Asked if that means she is not going to quit before the next election, she replied: "I'm not a quitter".

The next general election is not scheduled to take place until May 2022, by which point Mrs May - if she stayed in Downing Street - would have been prime minister for almost six years.

But it appears that there is little enthusiasm for May to lead a second General Election, after her dismal campaign earlier this year.

Grant Shapps, a former Conservative Party chairman, was among MPs to air the party's disquiet over May's leadership, even comparing her to Margaret Thatcher. "The in between stage is delivering on some of the stuff we need to deliver", he said.

But Ms May stressed, in comments to reporters on the way to Japan and in TV interviews, that she had far wider objectives than merely steering the country through the Brexit process.




The London Evening Standard, now edited by George Osborne, the Conservative sacked by May as finance minister when she became prime minister previous year, described her pledge to run again as "Like the Living Dead in a second-rate horror film".

Labour's Jon Trickett added: "The Prime Minister is deluding herself".

"We need to get the Brexit deal right, deliver the right deal for the people of the UK", Ms May told Sky News.

But the gamble backfired, she lost her majority and is now propped up by the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists.

The veteran party member, who discussed May's prospects on condition of anonymity, said he thought May was honest in pledging to stay on until the next election, despite the chorus of calls from foes within the party for her to step aside. She really wants to deliver it.

He also made positive sounds about continued investment in the UK after Brexit - but made clear that Japanese companies saw the UK as a "gateway to the EU" and they would be would be "watching carefully" how the UK approaches Brexit.

"I'm not a quitter", she said.

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