Theresa May’s dismal record

A quick glance at Theresa May's parliamentary record reveals a fairly dismal record from which to mount a leadership challenge.

For some Conservatives Theresa May could be Britain’s Angela Merkel – tough, pragmatic and unflappable in a crisis.

Tory backbenchers increasingly expect David Cameron to face a leadership challenge later this year as the Labour lead over the Conservatives solidifies.

And on the back of an ambitious speech to Conservative Home’s Victory 2005 Conference, speculation is rife that it could be May who challenges Cameron if the performance of the Tory party does not improve by the summer.

A vote on Cameron’s leadership will be triggered if 46 Tory MPs write to Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee.

But just who is Theresa May, and what does she stand for?

A quick glance at the parliamentary record reveals that she:

Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT.

Voted strongly against the hunting ban.

Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.

Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year.

Voted moderately for replacing Trident.

Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system.

Those who view her as a break with Cameronism may also be disappointed by the fact that Theresa May “hardly ever rebels against the Conservative Party in this parliament.

A pretty dismal political record with which to mount a leadership challenge from, you might think.

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4 Responses to “Theresa May’s dismal record”

  1. AlwaysRebels

    and to think if the 1940s had gone differently we could actually have had Angela Merkel herself…

  2. Pete

    What would you expect, though? She’s a member of the government so won’t rebel against them. Though Her “strong” opposition to the fox hunting ban does indicate that she’s keen to appeal to the Tory membership who are pretty much Neanderthals.

  3. Mick

    Ah, the names. Very pure and leftist.

    And if Tories are neanderthals then left wingers are obnoxious lying dingbats. Labour raised VAT and planned to again if they had won in 2010.


    Atop this, the Iraq War was a Labour project, Blair didn’t want to ban hunting but claimed in his book he did so to shut his backbenchers up, Labour itself brought in tuition fees, also made noises about stricter asylum and kept Trident too.

    Theresa May would also do good in Labour. She follows Labour’s lead to a tee!

  4. soppygit

    Are you sure she’s not a Labour MP?. She has the right sort of Blair/Brown voting record./

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