Date
23 August 2017
Theresa May has urged Tory lawmakers to give her time to sort out the "mess" she created with her failed general election gamble. Photo: Reuters
Theresa May has urged Tory lawmakers to give her time to sort out the "mess" she created with her failed general election gamble. Photo: Reuters

I’ll serve as long as you want me, May tells lawmakers

Britain’s Theresa May sought to apologize to Conservatives for her failed election gamble that cost the party its majority in parliament, and told her lawmakers Monday that she will serve as prime minister “as long as you want me”. 

During a closed door meeting with her party members in the House of Commons, May urged MPs to give her time to sort out the mess she created with the snap general election.

“I’m the person who got us into this mess and I’m the one who is going to get us out of it,” she said, Reuters reports, citing a Conservative lawmaker who attended the meeting.

“I’ll serve as long as you want me,” the British prime minister was quoted as telling her lawmakers, indicating that she would be ready to stand down if that is what the party wants.

Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told Reuters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election.

May appeared contrite, sought to apologize for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong, according to the report.

While some members of her party have said she will have to go eventually, May is expected to stay on as prime minister at least for now.

May has promised to start the formal Brexit talks next week but her authority has collapsed since the election result and opponents took her woes as a chance to push back against her Brexit strategy.

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