May reaches out to rivals
Admits the reality of her weakened position, seeks to relaunch year-old premiership
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 12:35
British Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged the "reality" of her weakened position yesterday by appealing to other parties to help implement Brexit, as she sought to relaunch her year-old premiership.
One month after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election, the Conservative leader said she was still committed to "bold action" to fulfil her promises of change.
But as fresh rumours swirled of plans to oust her, May accepted that "the reality I now face as prime minister is rather different" than it was.
Her comments came in excerpts of a speech due to be delivered today, the anniversary of her winning the Conservative Party leadership race after last year's referendum vote to leave the EU.
"In this new context, it will be even more important to make the case for our policies and our values, and to win the battle of ideas both in parliament as well as in the country," May will say.
"So I say to the other parties in the House of Commons... come forward with your own views and ideas about how we can tackle these challenges as a country."
May has been struggling to maintain her authority since the June 8 election, which she called three years early only to lose seats, leaving her with a minority government.
The Mail on Sunday reported that former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell had told a private meeting of MPs that May was "dead in the water" and must quit.
Justice Secretary David Lidington said this and other rumours were the result of politicians enjoying "too much sun and too much warm Prosecco" at summer parties.
May's de facto deputy Damian Green insisted yesterday that her call for cross-party cooperation was a "grown-up way of doing politics".
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