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'I'm here for the long term,' British Prime Minister May says

03 September 2017

Theresa May has dismissed reports that she plans to quit as British Prime Minister and said that she will lead the Conservative party into the next general election.

On the second day of her trip to Japan, May held official talks with her counterpart Shinzo Abe, but media coverage has zoomed into the question of her longevity as prime minister.

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan, who was sacked by Mrs May, said: 'I think it's going to be hard for Theresa May to lead us into the next general election.' Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, who has been critical of Mrs May's approach to Brexit, said she had no long-term future.

May added that she wanted to ensure global Britain could take its trading place in the world, as well as dealing with domestic injustices to ensure a strong, more global, but also fairer Britain, for the future.

Although the leadership will likely remain on the agenda at the Conservative Party conference in a month's time, after surviving the summer unchallenged Mrs May appears emboldened by.

May has been widely seen as being on borrowed time as party leader since her gamble to call an early general election in June this year backfired, losing the Tories their overall majority in Parliament.

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If a majority of her parliamentary party wants to get rid of May, they can pass a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Lord Hague said in an interview with Radio5 Live that Theresa May's government position was "weakened" by May's slim majority and the supply deal she did with the Irish DUP.

There has been no formal challenge to the prime minister since the election, with many MPs saying they are in no mood to oust her, fearing it could trigger another election and lead to the Tories ceding power to Labour.

"So Britain will get a worse deal as a result of the election".

A senior backbench Tory MP said it was an "unsurprising" move from the prime minister. There is an important job to be done. One insider tells me that her team weren't expecting headlines about ten more years of May and that the aim was more to knock down the idea that there is a definite date for her departure than to suggest that she meant to go on and on.

"Frankly, what is she going to say?" You need an in-between stage'. "The truth of the matter is that Britain's always going to have a hard time in the Brexit negotiations, what's unfolding at the moment is really quite predictable". Heseltine predicted that Britain will face another general election within two years.

'I'm here for the long term,' British Prime Minister May says