I'm not a robot, Theresa May insists

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Theresa May has denied being “robotic” following widespread criticism of her use of repetitive catchphrases throughout the general election campaign.

The Prime Minister sought to shake of the label after she was ridiculed by critics for stock phrase, with some dubbing her the “Maybot”.

Instead of addressing large crowds ahead of June’s election vote like Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, her appearances were mostly tightly-controlled.

Appearing on BBC radio’s Test Match Special, Mrs May said she would have liked to meet more voters during the campaign and insisted: “I don’t think I’m in the least robotic.”

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to actor Damian Lewis alongside husband Philip May and ECB Chairman Colin Graves during day two of the Third Investec Test match at Lord’s (PA)

The Prime Minister shook off comparisons with the UK’s only previous female premier, saying: “There was only ever one Margaret Thatcher. I am Theresa May and I do things in my way and the circumstances of the government are different.”

In an interview with Jonathan Agnew, she suggested the campaign had not been one she “enjoyed”.

She said: “In any election campaign a plan is made about what that campaign is going to be like.

“I get frustrated… people used the word robotic about me during that campaign. I don’t think I’m in the least robotic.

“What I really enjoy is getting out there talking to people, hearing from them, understanding what the issues are for them.”

Mrs May lost the Conservatives’ overall majority after an election campaign widely branded lacklustre.


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