Theresa May: 'The leopard needs to leap out of her cage and impose authority', says MP Bernard Jenkin

Theresa May: 'The leopard needs to leap out of her cage and impose authority', says MP Bernard Jenkin

Theresa May spoke about technology at Davos

Friday, January 26, 2018

Theresa May has been likened to a leopard who needs to "leap out of her cage and impose some authority" over the Cabinet by pro-Brexit MP Bernard Jenkin.

The high-profile Leaver spoke to Mike Graham and Katie Perrior after Chancellor Philip Hammond claimed at the World Economic Forum that the Government only wanted to make “modest” changes to its relationship with the EU.

A Downing Street source has subsequently gone against his claim, saying: "Whilst we want a deep and special economic partnership with the EU after we leave, these could not be described as very modest changes."

Jenkin, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, told talkRADIO: "I don’t know what he’s up to. It’s not very helpful and quite a number of us are a bit cross and very pleased to see the Prime Minister frankly slap him down by getting her spokesman to contradict what he said."

But now he really wants "to see the leopard leap out of her cage and impose some authority [over the Cabinet] because I think most people think she’s got a very difficult job she’s got a very fractious cabinet."

He also believes Theresa May should have used her speech at Davos as an "opportunity to make a visionary speech about Britain post-Brexit" rather than talk about technology.

However, he admitted "there may be a reason for it she has been playing her negotiating cards very close to her chest and I think that’s partly her style."

Jenkin added that 'the Cabinet doesn’t actually reflect the mood of the party" in terms of a possible leadership challenge and May is going "in exactly the right direction to keep the party united."

However, when pressed on whether May was doing a good job, Jenkin said that "she's got a very difficult job," which, as Mike said, was not the same thing.

Listen to the full interview above

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