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Teresa May is a “hopeless” leader - leading Tory donor

September 9, 2017 9:50 AM

Teresa May

'Hopeless' Teresa May

Teresa May is a "hopeless" leader of a "weak" government says leading Tory donor Lord Harris of Peckham. He criticised her "shell-shocked" general election performance, in which the Tories disastrously lost their House of Commons majority from a position of apparent strength.

In a scathing interview, the carpet store tycoon suggested May's record as home secretary was not "that great", described her attacks on aspects of capitalism and big business as "stupid.

The peer's intervention comes with May continuing to face speculation about her future as Tory leader and with her party split on Brexit.

On May's rise to the premiership, the former Conservative party deputy treasurer said he "didn't think she had it in her".

"I thought for the first three or four weeks she did well," he said. "Then she did the election and she was hopeless. She's changed her mind too many times. "I think she was shell-shocked but she's got to start making decisions, or someone has.

Teresa May revealed her frustration at being branded "robotic" on BBC radio's Test Match Special. She insisted she is "not a quitter" and compared herself to Geoffrey Boycott apparently unaware that Boycott was eventually sacked from the England team.