Andrew Bridgen 'dreads' Theresa May leading the Tories at another election

Andrew Bridgen 'dreads' Theresa May leading the Tories at another election

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Conservative MP has said Jeremy Corbyn has the “best chance” of “getting the keys to number 10” if Theresa May leads them into another General Election.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, has said voters in his constituency believe the government aren’t going in the “right direction” with Brexit.

The comments come after Theresa May said she was “in this for the long term” over growing speculation that Boris Johnson is mounting a leadership challenge.

Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, Mr Bridgen said: “Well, when Theresa May says she’s in it for the long term, we all remember  a week’s a long time in politics.”


'Deep dissatisfaction on Brexit'

“I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in my constituency during summer recess, I’ve been delivering leaflets and speaking to supporters, activists and voters on the ground and there’s a deep dissatisfaction with the government’s movement on Brexit.

“It’s on my view and my constituent’s view, who voted 61% to leave the European Union, that it’s not going in the right direction.”

The Prime Minister faced questions over the prospect of Johnson launching a bid for power, particularly with the Tory Party Conference on the horizon, as she started her Africa trade mission.

May said she remained focused on delivering on the Brexit vote and pushing on with her domestic agenda, giving a strong indication over her desire to remain in Downing Street.

Former foreign secretary Johnson is in the background after quitting the Cabinet over Brexit, with his leadership ambitions a constant source of speculation.


'I can't see May leading us into another election

Bridgen also said the thought of Theresa May leading the Conservative party into another general election fills him with “dread”.

“I can’t see, given Theresa May’s track record, her leading us into another general election - that fills me with some dread having seen how we threw away a 20 point lead in the 2017 general election.

“We came back after that with depleted ranks, we lost a net 13 seats, but six weeks earlier we had brilliant results in the local elections and I’m afraid that opinion of the electorate of the Prime Minister you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, that’s pretty much set.

“The thought of Theresa May leading us in to another election is like a member of the Light Brigade being asked to ride up the valley again when we know what the result is going to be.

“I think it’s the best chance Jeremy Corbyn, who is really unelectable, has got of getting the keys to number 10 and I don’t think that is in the party’s interest or the country’s interest if that were to happen.”