The candid video showing May fled, not just left, Commons after no-conf news

Theresa May, left, with Margot James beside her

Just over an hour ago, Theresa May fled the Commons Chamber as Jeremy Corbyn finished an announcement that Labour would be tabling a motion of no confidence that May thought she had avoided. The video footage of her flight has already gone viral.

Naturally, May’s supporters and defenders are therefore attempting to dismiss the idea that she fled, insisting that she simply ‘left’, as if this was some kind of planned or normal exit.

But the Commons video cameras captured a candid reaction from another Tory minister who had been sitting beside Mrs May on the front bench before her flight – and it makes plain that May’s departure was no planned or intended event.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, is caught swaying and turning as she reacts to May’s sudden move – and can be heard shouting ‘shame’ at the Labour leader, as if he had done anything untoward:

SKWAWKBOX comment:

Corbyn had simply outmanoeuvred the hapless PM yet again – but Ms James’ reaction strongly suggests that May’s consternation and even panic was not only visible but considerable.

May had believed that her attempt to ‘kick the can down the road’ by almost a month had succeeded. When Corbyn made his announcement, her confusion appears to have been so great she could only think of escape – only just remembering to nod to Speaker John Bercow on her way out.

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  1. There for all to witness and see , this is the wonderful strong and stable PM … HA !

      1. Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog…

  2. Let us turn in our Month Python hymn books to number 234:

    Brave Theresa ran away
    Bravely ran away away
    When danger reared it’s ugly head
    She bravely turned her tail and fled
    Yes brave Theresa turned about
    And gallantly she chickened out
    Swiftly taking to her feet
    She beat a very brave retreat
    Bravest of the brave, Theresa May!

  3. OR how about the T,May top ten hits such as

    “Run Rabbit Run” Eminem
    “Run-Around” Blues Traveler
    “Run Back to Your Side” Eric Clapton
    “Run Baby Run” Sheryl Crow
    “Run Boy Run” Woodkid
    “Run Devil Run” Paul McCartney
    “Run It” Chris Brown
    “Run for Your Life” The Beatles
    “Run Like Hell” Pink Floyd
    “Run Run Run” The Velvet Underground

  4. Yes perhaps May rushing to see her advisors whilst singing a clip from an old Sweet song: “I just haven’t a clue what to do!”
    Then they put out the spin that Labour was “playing politics” and this would be ignored a line loyally endorsed by the BBC?
    But some would argue that a vote of no confidence by the opposition is a deadly serious action.
    ‘May today, gone tomorrow.
    Though the Neo-Lib EC will tinker.
    For May’s Deal.
    There will be more sorrow.
    I’ve made my wish.
    Under yon Christmas tree.
    2019 – Tory Free!’

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