Theresa May’s book draws huge queues at Tory Party Conference

Theresa May signs her book for members at the Tory Party Conference
Theresa May signs her book for members at the Tory Party Conference - Paul Grover for The Telegraph

Theresa May drew a queue of around an hour at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday as members waited for signed copies of her new book.

The Abuse of Power, Mrs May’s debut publication, focuses on “corruption and self-enrichment” in government and was published to mixed reviews in September.

It sees the former prime minister criticise MPs who see politics as a career, rather than a chance to serve their constituents, and call on parliamentarians to put “the common good above personal interest”.

Those queuing up told ITV News Politics they admired her “personable” qualities, with one adding Mrs May ran a “steady ship” in her three-year premiership, which saw her battle her own backbenchers over the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

People queue to have books signed by Theresa May
People queue to have books signed by Theresa May - Carl Court/Getty Images Europe

Mrs May, who signed the UK’s 2050 net zero target into law as one of her final acts in Downing Street, used a reception on Monday night to stress the importance of green policies.

Speaking after Mr Sunak postponed a number of target dates, Mrs May said: “[Net zero] isn’t a cost to be minimised. It shouldn’t be seen as that. It’s the growth opportunity of the century.

“It isn’t an act of economic harm, because we’ve already shown we can cut emissions and grow our economy at the same time.”

The wait to meet Mrs May was not the first eye-catching queue of the event. The previous day saw delegates queue out of the door of the Midland Hotel in the conference zone for a rally on economic growth hosted by Liz Truss, another former prime minister.