‘She was handed a poisoned chalice when she came into the role’: Hartlepool Conservative leader treacts to PM Theresa May’s resignation

The Conservative Group leader in Hartlepool has sympathised with Prime Minister Theresa May following her resignation – and gave her backing to Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab to succeed her.

Friday, 24th May 2019, 15:38 pm
Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside at 10 Downing Street in London, where she announced she is standing down as Tory party leader on Friday June 7. Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

Coun Brenda Loynes, Conservative Party leader on Hartlepool Borough Council, said Theresa May was handed a ‘poisoned chalice’ when she came into her role as Prime Minister.

It comes as a tearful Prime Minister confirmed in a Downing Street press conference that she will stand down as Conservative Party leader on June 7.

Coun Brenda Loynes

Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place, which is expected to begin the week starting 10 June.

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Coun Loynes, who represents the Rural West ward on the council, said it was the right time for the Prime Minister to step down.

She said: “I like Theresa May, I think she’s a competent leader and I think she’s done her best.

“But I think it’s the right time to step down.

“She was handed a poisoned chalice when she came into the role and I think she’s done the best she could.”

Coun Loynes also gave her verdict on who she would like to see lead the Conservative Party next.

She said: “I would like to see Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab take over from her next. I think they would take the party forward.

“I would like to see a woman in charge but I think we need someone like Boris or Dominic in charge.

Nic Marko , Local Democracy Reporting Service