Theresa May Vows to Remain as MP After Fiasco

Published June 12th, 2019 - 01:04 GMT
Britain's outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the ILO International Labour Conference on June 11, 2019 in Geneva.  FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
Britain's outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the ILO International Labour Conference on June 11, 2019 in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
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Mrs May confirmed her decision in answer to a question from Labour's Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

Theresa May has vowed to remain as an MP after quitting at Prime Minister over the Brexit fiasco.

Questions had been raised over what Mrs May would do after relinquishing Downing Street to her successor.

But during a muted Prime Minister's Questions today she confirmed that she intended to stay on as MP for Maidenhead after stepping down.

This decision is in direct contrast to her predecessor David Cameron, who quit Parliament shortly after resigning as prime minister in the wake of the Brexit referendum in 2016.  

Mrs May confirmed her decision in answer to a question from Labour's Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

He said he had been tracking her 'impressive career for 22 years', ever since she made her maiden speech having been first elected in 1997. 


He asked: 'Will she change her mind about cutting and running?

'With her integrity, her experience, indeed can I say her moral compass, this parliamentary democracy is in crisis.

'Why can't she stay here, even come on the backbenches and give some of the people who will take over from her a bit of the medicine that they've given her?'

The PM confirmed she will not be leaving Parliament altogether when she leaves Number 10, saying: 'I will indeed be staying here as I will continue to be the Member of Parliament for my constituency.'

But she turned down Mr Sheerman's offer to remain in Downing Street, adding: 'Can I also say I am a woman of my word.

'I gave my word to my party as to what I would do, and I stand by that word.'

majority of 26,457 in her constituency.

In staying on as an MP she follows in the footsteps of Gordon Brown, Sir John Major, Margaret Thatcher and James Callaghan in remaining in the Commons on the backbenches after serving as Prime Minister. 

Only Mr Cameron and Tony Blair in the last 40 years have left politics immediately after serving as Prime Minister. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.    


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