A new biography about current Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed a surprising fact: she didn’t even tell her husband when she found out she was going to be PM.
In the preface to The Enigmatic Prime Minister, a biography of May written by Rosa Prince, there’s an intriguing story about how the Tory leadership race went down.
You may remember that in July 2016, British politics was all over the shop: the UK had voted to leave the EU by a slim majority, David Cameron had announced he was stepping down as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives, Boris Johnson had ruled himself out of the leadership race in a shock move, and everyone was quite confused about everything.
Eventually there were just two candidates left vying to become leader of the Conservatives and thus Prime Minister: Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom.
But the Leadsom campaign was plagued with issues throughout, and after a catastrophic interview in which she implied that the fact she was a mother gave her an edge over May, Leadsom made the decision to drop out of the race.
According to the new biography, Leadsom told Theresa May she was quitting at 10am on July 11th, minutes before May gave her infamous “Brexit means Brexit” speech.
Great story, preface to Rosa Prince's biography of May: Leadsom told her she was pulling out 2 hrs before & she didn't even tell husb Philip pic.twitter.com/3xi19fufjB
— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) April 17, 2017
The news of Leadsom’s departure was not officially announced until 12 that day, giving May two full hours to digest the news that she was to be Prime Minister before the rest of us found out.
But quite why May didn’t think to send a quick text to her husband with the news, we don’t know.