Theresa May Resigns: Many Are Glad She is Leaving

Theresa May Resigns: Many Are Glad She is Leaving

May 24, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.

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In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to do so.

She never talked about those in Britain losing their medical benefits or homes or plunging into poverty the highest rates since 1988.

Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.

The party said it hoped a new leader could be in place by the end of July.

Theresa May has been labelled “disgraceful” by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) for citing her response the Grenfell fire disaster as a proud part of her legacy.

During her emotional resignation speech the outgoing prime minister said the office had given her a “platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society”.

She added: “[That] it is why I set up the independent inquiry into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, to search for the truth so nothing like it can ever happen again, and so the people who lost their lives that night are never forgotten.”

But rank-and-file firefighters reacted with fury.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said in a statement: “Many of the underlying issues at Grenfell were due to unsafe conditions that had been allowed to fester under Tory governments and a council for which Theresa May bears ultimate responsibility.

“The inquiry she launched has kicked scrutiny of corporate and government interests into the long-grass, denying families and survivors justice, while allowing business as usual to continue for the wealthy.

Theresa May Resigns: Many Are Glad She is Leaving

For the outgoing prime minister to suggest that her awful response to Grenfell is a proud part of her legacy is, frankly, disgraceful.”

It means Mrs May will still be prime minister when US President Donald Trump makes his state visit to the UK at the start of June.

Mrs May announced she would step down as Tory leader on 7 June and had agreed with the chairman of Tory backbenchers that a leadership contest should begin the following week.

On Friday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the latest MP to say that he would run for the party leadership, joining Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart, who had already confirmed their intentions. More than a dozen others are believed to be seriously considering entering the contest.

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In her statement, Mrs May said she had done “everything I can” to convince MPs to support the withdrawal deal she had negotiated with the European Union but it was now in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort”.

She added that, in order to deliver Brexit, her successor would have to build agreement in Parliament.

“Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise,” she said.

Mrs May’s voice shook as she ended her speech saying: “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold.

“The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.

“I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”

Theresa May Resigns: Many Are Glad She is Leaving

In a statement, the Conservative Party said the likely timetable for the party leadership contest was that nominations would close during the week beginning 10 June, with the process of whittling down candidates to the final two to conclude by the end of the month.

Those names would then be put to a vote of party members before the end of July.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said she had been “right to resign” and that the Conservative Party was now “disintegrating”.

Mrs May’s predecessor, David Cameron – who resigned as PM after campaigning for Remain and losing the referendum – said she should be thanked for her “tireless efforts”.

He added: “I know how painful it is to accept that your time is up, and a new leader is required.

“She has made the right decision – and I hope that the spirit of compromise is continued.”


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