British home secretary Theresa May has launched her bid for the leadership of the Conservative party, after prime minister David Cameron announced his resignation, in the fallout from the E.U. referendum. Although May campaigned for the U.K. to remain in the European Union, she nevertheless pledged on Thursday morning that “Brexit means Brexit” and said there would be no general election before 2020, positioning herself as a unifying force within the Conservative party, also emphasizing her experience.
“I’m Theresa May and I’m the best person to be Prime Minister,” she told the assembled media.
As well as unifying her own party, it is thought that May will have a broad appeal across the nation, rather than to a narrow elite. “If you’re from an ordinary working-class family, life is just much harder than many people in politics realise,” she said. “You have a job, but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home, but you worry about mortgage rates going up. You can just about manage, but you worry about the cost of living and the quality of the local school.”
May also reversed her earlier claim that the U.K. should withdraw from the European convention on human rights, saying there was not a majority in the House of Commons for doing so.
May is not seen as a showy, media personality — unlike former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who announced later in the morning that he was not going to stand. “I don’t gossip about people over lunch. I don’t go drinking in parliament’s bars. I don’t often wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me,” said May.
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