Downing Street warns Theresa May's critics she will lead Britain into the future

Posted On: 
19th June 2017

Downing Street has rejected questions about Theresa May's future and insisted she will lead the country through its current problems.

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In a rebuke for the Prime Minister's critics, a spokeswoman said Mrs May was taking charge of the ongoing terror threat facing the country, as well as Brexit and the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Speculation about how long Mrs May will remain in Number 10 has been mounting ever since the Conservatives lost their majority at the election.

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Asked this morning whether Mrs May had considered resigning, the spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister is chairing Cobra right now, later on today she'll meet the Irish Taoiseach, after that she will chair a third meeting of the Grenfell Tower taskforce, on Wednesday her government will set out a Queen's Speech, on Thursday she goes to the European Council.

"These are incredibly challenging times, with two terrible incidents in recent weeks and she's leading the country through them."

Mrs May has come in for sustained criticism over the election - which saw the Conservatives blow a 20-point poll lead over Labour - and her response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

A Cabinet minister told PoliticsHome that Tory MPs are focused on getting to parliamentary summer recess in five weeksbefore "re-assessing" the situation ahead of the Conservative Party conference in October.

Sources close to Boris Johnson - who would be the front-runner in any fresh Tory leadership election - said he was "keeping his head down" so as not to add to the speculation about the Prime Minister's future.