Two-thirds of Conservative party members have said that Mrs May should resign as prime minister, according to one poll, but at a meeting with the influential 1922 committee she promised to serve for “as long as you want me to”.
Stonking performance by the PM at 1922. One team going forward together for the UK
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 12, 2017
After failing to recognise the failure in a speech outside 10 Downing Street following the shock result, she struck a more conciliatory tone — and promised to help out MPs who lost their seats in the election.
An MP leaving the committee room said: “She was very concerned about people who have lost their seats. The party is going to help them, some of them are in dire financial situations. She did say sorry, several times. She apologised for colleagues losing their seats, for making the call about the early election.”
MP says PM pledged that the party would help colleagues who lost their seats – some of whom are in financial difficulties
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) June 12, 2017
Tory MPs reportedly described her as “bold and brave” for facing up to the errors of the campaign, as reports emerged that key manifesto pledges would be scrapped.
Mrs May answered more than 20 questions in the hour-long meeting, and was warmly received by MPs in the group.
Senior Conservative figures have thrown their support behind the beleaguered leader, despite the party losing 13 seats overall in the election, although Mrs May is likely to step outside to allow successor to take over some point in the near future.
Wouldn't mind the Tories helping my constituents who are in financial difficulties tbh – disability cuts, falling real wages, housing crisis https://t.co/My4lLyTSN5
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 12, 2017
Today, Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland’s DUP, will discuss a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with Mrs May, which will allow the Conservatives to remain in power.
The Queen’s Speech, where the Government sets out its agenda, was expected next Monday but could be delayed as DUP talks are finalised.