On Friday lunchtime, a Northamptonshire couple say they were surprised – just as Theresa May was about to start a major speech on Brexit in London – to find senior Tory at the next table in the cafe of a Waitrose cafe in Towcester, telling aides none too quietly about her low opinion of the Prime Minister.
‘DJL’ and his wife – whose bona fides have been checked by the SKWAWKBOX but have asked not to be more specifically identified in this article – told this blog that Ms Leadsom told her companions that “our leader is weak” and that she was “looking forward to a real leader soon“, before concluding:
The next one needs to be stronger, this can’t go on as it is.
Andrea Leadsom stood against Theresa May for the Tory leadership following David Cameron’s resignation in 2016 and was demoted by May from the position of Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs after the Tories’ disastrous General Election campaign last year.
Although both her new positions – Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council – are normally Cabinet positions, Ms Leadsom is now not a Cabinet minister, although she is still allowed to attend Cabinet meetings:
The SKWAWKBOX emailed Ms Leadsom with details of the comments allegedly overhead in Waitrose and asked the following questions:
- whom do you back as leader?
- are you planning to stand again?
- how soon do you think Mrs May should step down or be removed?
- did you listen to her speech live?
- what did you think of it?
We received no response from Ms Leadsom. We did, however, receive a response from a Cabinet Office address – although she is not a Cabinet-level minister – with the following statement:
As follow-up, we asked:
- whether Ms Leadsom denies being in Waitrose Towcester at the time in question
- if that is denied, whether she attended Mrs May’s speech in London
- why the Cabinet Office was responding to an enquiry to Ms Leadsom
No answers were received.
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