That’s what Cameron claims in boost for a Davis leadership...
DAVID CAMERON, who will never forgive Boris Johnson for ‘betraying’ him in the EU referendum, has speculated that David Davis, not the Foreign Secretary, could succeed Theresa May.
Cameron talked up the Brexit Secretary’s prospects at a recent private gathering, observing that if he becomes PM, all three main party leaders could be in their 70s at the next Election. Britain could become a ‘gerontocracy,’ added Cameron who was the youngest tenant of Downing Street for 200 years after the 2010 Election.
Davis turns 70 in December next year, followed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in May 2019. Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable is already 74.
It means that if they contest an Election a few months after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, all three would beat Lord Palmerston’s 1855 record of being the oldest person to become PM for the first time at 70 years and 109 days.
If the current Parliament lasts its full five year term, with an Election in June 2022, the trio will have an average age of 75.
At 53, Boris is a stripling.