[L]ocal Conservatives in West Cumbria have welcomed the election of Theresa May, the longest-serving Home Secretary for a hundred years, as Leader of the Conservative Party on Monday and Prime Minister from Wednesday 13th July. A statement from Copeland Conservatives welcomed the election of Mrs May and added that following the referendum vote to leave the European Union, the country now needs an end to uncertainty and a firm and experienced hand on the tiller to implement the voters’ decision and the rest of the programme in the 2015 Conservative manifesto.
Mrs May is a “One Nation” Conservative who is committed to building a Britain which works, not just for the privileged few, but for every one of us.
Theresa May had visited Cumbria several times during her time as Home Secretary to discuss and campaign on law and order issues, and members of Copeland Conservatives who met her then had been impressed with her practical common sense and firm grasp of policing issues.
Chris Whiteside, a member of the Cumbria Conservatives executive and former parliamentary and mayoral candidate in Copeland, who had been supporting Mrs May for leader, commented that
“Theresa May is a tough, down-to-earth woman who will be a formidable negotiator and that is exactly what Britain needs at this time. In the past few months she has shown the greatest strength of all – the strength to listen, admit when you have something wrong and need to change. After her department produced an unsatisfactory funding formula which would have had serious consequences for policing in areas like Cumbria, Theresa listened to the concerns which were expressed by our Police and Crime Commissioner and MPs of all parties, withdrew the proposals and persuaded the government to come up with the cash to avoid cuts in policing.”
“She will be an excellent Prime Minister.”
Mrs May will be Britain’s second Conservative woman Prime Minister at a time when neither the Labour nor Lib Dem parties have yet elected a woman as leader.