Tory donor blasts May

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THERESA MAY is a “hope­less” leader of a “weak” gov­ern­ment and Bri­tain would be bet­ter off with an ad­min­is­tra­tion like Tony Blair’s in the early years, a ma­jor Tory donor has said.

Lord Har­ris of Peck­ham said the Prime Min­is­ter is “no Thatcher” and 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, Lord Har­ris sug­gested Mrs May’s record as home sec­re­tary was not “that great”, de­scribed her at­tacks on aspects of cap­i­tal­ism and big busi­ness as “stupid”, and warned she was mak­ing a “mistake” by crit­i­cis­ing ex­ces­sive pay.

The peer’s in­ter­ven­tion comes with the PM con­tin­u­ing to face spec­u­la­tion about her fu­ture as Tory leader and with her party split on the big­gest po­lit­i­cal is­sue of the day – Brexit.

Lord Har­ris told the Times: “Both sides don’t know what they want at the mo­ment or where they want to go.

“I’d much rather have a strong Labour gov­ern­ment than a weak Con­ser­va­tive one and I’m a Con­ser­va­tive through and through. I wouldn’t want Jeremy Corbyn but if you had Tony Blair when he first got in now he would be very good for this coun­try.”

Asked if that in­car­na­tion of Mr Blair would be bet­ter than Mrs May is cur­rently, he told the news­pa­per: “Prob­a­bly, I think so, yes.”

On Mrs 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 shell­shocked but she’s got to start mak­ing de­ci­sions, or some­one has... Theresa May has got a great op­por­tu­nity if she lets (her min­is­ters) work and leads them. I don’t know if she can lead them or not.”

Look­ing at po­ten­tial re­place­ments for Mrs May, Lord Har­ris said Boris John­son was “a ge­nius” but “lazy”, while Michael Gove has “no per­son­al­ity”.

The peer backed Scot­tish Tory leader Ruth David­son for the job.

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