'Theresa May won't be a candiate in 2022 election, but she won't quit overnight', says her former comms director

'Theresa May won't be a candiate in 2022 election, but she won't quit overnight', says former comms director

Katie Perrior spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the Prime MInister's declaration in Japan

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Theresa May's former communications director has suggested Theresa May will not be a candidate in the next election, despite the Prime Minister's words of defiance.

During her trip to Japan, May dismissed reports she would step down ahead of Britain leaving the European Union in 2019 and insisted she would fight on to lead the Conservative Party in the general election of 2022.

Katie Perrior, who stepped down as May's comms chief earlier this year, said everyone in Parliament knows she is not a "quitter."

But she told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "In actual fact, we all know the Conservative Party will move forward when they choose a right-wing candidate and want to move forward in the next election.

"So I don't think she will be a candidate in the election, but she won't quit overnight.

"The challenge is the Tories now have to deliver on things other than Brexit to show they can reconnect - issues such as housing, mental health, racial inequality.

"If Theresa May does not deliver on those things in the next two years, she will have failed to deliver and the Tories will, quite rightly, be in the danger zone."

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