Anal­y­sis

PM will go into the Queen’s speech know­ing that for now there is no se­ri­ous move to un­seat her, writes An­drew Sparrow

The Guardian - - NATIONAL POLITICS -

Theresa May will face par­lia­ment this week rea­son­ably con­fi­dent that spec­u­la­tion about an im­mi­nent lead­er­ship chal­lenge re­mains un­founded, but know­ing that her longterm cred­i­bil­ity within her party has been dam­aged be­yond re­pair. The con­cept of a “worst week ever” is some­thing of a cliche for po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, but few have seen their stock plum­met so far and so quickly as May’s did in the pe­riod be­tween Fri­day 9 June, when she re­alised her early-elec­tion gam­ble had back­fired, and the fol­low­ing Fri­day, when crowds, an­gry at her sup­pos­edly un­sym­pa­thetic re­sponse to the Gren­fell Tower tragedy, yelled “cow­ard” at her as she was driven away from a meet­ing with vic­tims, en­cir­cled by po­lice for her pro­tec­tion.

The news­pa­pers over the week­end car­ried sto­ries say­ing that May is fac­ing a “stalk­ing horse” lead­er­ship chal­lenge,

Gren­fell Tower has un­der­lined that Theresa is aloof, im­per­sonal, and finds it dif­fi­cult to em­pathise

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