Theresa May vows to serve full five-year term if Tories win election
Theresa May has promised to serve a full five years in Downing Street if the Conservatives win the upcoming general election.
Her stance contrasts with David Cameron revealing before the 2015 general election that he would not serve beyond 2020 - an announcement which immediately set off intense speculation over who would succeed him.
With the Tories enjoying a consistent double-digit poll lead over Labour, Mrs May appears on course to still be Prime Minister come 9 June.
Appearing on a Facebook Live event with ITV News this afternoon, she insisted she would see through the Brexit process and remain in the top job until at least 2022.
That would take her near to the six years served by Mr Cameron, who stepped down in July last year, having announced his resignation immediately after the result of the EU referendum.
"I’m focused as you might expect me to say on the election on 8 June and winning that election, if I’m elected I will certainly serve my full term and Brexit is obviously, the two years of Brexit are due to be finished in 2019," Mrs May said today.
"I’ve always said there may then be an implementation period but I want to make sure Brexit happens and that it’s a good deal for the UK.
"I think we can do it in two years, that’s what the Lisbon Treaty says is the time that is set to do it. I think I’m pretty certain it can be done in those two years but a new Parliament will take it through to 2022, which is three years beyond the 2019 deadline and I will be around."
She was also grilled by several viewers about why she is in favour of hunting with dogs, which was banned in the first term of Tony Blair's government.
“This is a subject on which you either are for it or against. I’ve always supported foxhunting, but crucially I’m not saying I’m going to bring it back, what I’m saying is that we’ll have a free vote so MPs will be able to make up their own mind on this issue."
Mrs May said she had never been hunting herself, and also played down the importance of the issue in the context of the general election campaign.
"No, I’ve never been fox-hunting. I think there are different issues, if you look at some of the research done over time there’s an issue of how you cull the fox population because there is a necessity of keeping fox numbers down and some of the other forms of dealing with foxes can be cruel.
"I think people do feel strongly about it but I think there are many issues that people will look at when they look at the clear choice they’re going to make on 8 June as to who’s going to be Prime Minister, me or Jeremy Corbyn."