PM’s ou­traged friend lam­basts Grant ‘Sch­napps’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Tories at War - By Bren­dan Car­lin PO­LIT­I­CAL RE­PORTER

A CLOSE friend of Theresa May has heaped ridicule on Tory plot­ter Grant Shapps and backed the Prime Min­is­ter’s hus­band Philip to pull her through.

Cather­ine Meyer, wife of the ex-Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to the United States Sir Christo­pher Meyer, mock­ingly re­ferred to the for­mer party chair­man as Grant ‘Sch­napps’, af­ter the po­tent spirit.

Ger­man-born Lady Meyer said: ‘I get re­ally an­gry about all those con­ver­sa­tions about Grant Shapps – I call him Sch­napps.

‘I mean, who is he? Why are we talk­ing about him? Does he want to be Prime Min­is­ter?’

Lady Meyer, who is due to have dinner with Mrs May this week, in­sisted that she would ‘with­out a doubt’ sur­vive the coup at­tempt with the help of hus­band Philip, who would sup­port her.

But Lady Meyer ap­peared to con­cede that Mr May, seen giv­ing his wife a huge hug af­ter her dis­as­trous con­fer­ence speech last week, could be in two minds over what she should do.

She said: ‘I think he’s prob­a­bly torn be­cause he adores his wife but he knows her and he knows that what she will want to do is to con­tinue do­ing the right thing.’

Speak­ing on BBC2’s News­night on Fri­day, Lady Meyer sug­gested that some of the at­tacks on Mrs May were down to sex­ism, say­ing: ‘It takes a lot of guts to con­tinue dur­ing a whole hour [of the con­fer­ence speech] while you have a ter­ri­ble cough and all the crit­i­cism she’s been hav­ing af­ter that. I think it’s com­pletely un­fair. Some­times I won­der, is it be­cause she is a woman?’

She added that Tony Blair and David Cameron had been crit­i­cised for ‘be­ing too in­ter­ested in what peo­ple thought of them’ and that now ‘we have a Prime Min­is­ter who is ab­so­lutely the op­po­site, she’s in­tro­verted, she’s du­ti­ful, she doesn’t need to come out and be loved by ev­ery­body and yet we’re crit­i­cis­ing her’.

AN­GRY: Lady Meyer, cen­tre, on News­night with Emily Maitlis and Tory MP Robert Hal­fon

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