'I'm in this for the long term,' says Theresa May

Lucy Hill
September 3, 2017

It was meant to silence her critics, but by pledging to lead the Conservative Party into the next election, British Prime Minister Theresa May instead unleashed a wave of derision from her foes.

But Tory critics said it would be hard for her to continue after the election this year which saw her lose her majority.

Asked if she wanted to fight the next election for the Conservatives, Mrs May said: "Yes".

Indeed, I haven't yet spoken to anyone who is genuinely convinced that she will lead the Tories into the next general election campaign.

Johnson, on an official visit to Nigeria, said Mrs May was "ideally placed" to deliver Brexit and he was "here to support her".

Theresa May has been given an audience with Emperor Akihito on the last day of her visit to Japan.

On Wednesday night Mrs May said: "I'm in this for the long term".

Some Japanese companies with factories in the United Kingdom are anxious about their ability to export to the rest of Europe after Brexit. "It's about getting the Brexit deal right, it's about building that deep and special partnership with the European Union, but it's also about building global Britain, trading around the world".

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.

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Ms Morgan told BBC's Hardtalk that no leader wants to put a date on their departure in advance because it is a sign of "your own political mortality".

But she added: "I think it's going to be hard for Theresa May to lead us into the next general election". The scepticism is shared by Tory supporters: 35 per cent say she is "bluffing" compared to 14 per cent who say will go through with it.

Labour's shadow cabinet minister, Jon Trickett, meanwhile, said the public would reject May.

But Lord Hague urged Conservative MPs to "get behind" the Prime Minister as she tackles Brexit.

"Theresa May leads a zombie government".

But the PM dismissed the criticism, insisting the public wants the Government to "get on with the job" of dealing with the challenges facing the country.

Some Conservative MPs were supportive of May.

"We need to get the Brexit deal right, deliver the right deal for the people of the UK".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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