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