Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference in Japan and the David Davis/Michel Barnier press conference at the end of the Brexit talks
Katie Perrior, who worked for Theresa May as her communications director in Downing Street until the general election, told the Today programme that she did not expect May to lead the party into the next general election.
(Perrior fell out with May’s co chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, but she does seem to bear a grudge against May, about whom she is generally very positive.)
Theresa May told journalists on her trip to Japan that she wants to lead her party into another general election. Her comments were only reported last night, and this morning the former Conservative party chair, Grant Shapps, responded by saying that the Tories would probably want another leader by the time of the next election.
He told the Today programme that May should concentrate on showing colleagues that she could deliver Brexit.
I think colleagues may well be surprised by this interview last night and I think it is too early to be talking about going on and on, as Margaret Thatcher once said. Let’s get some progress for the British people first, I think that’s the priority.