Theresa May 'hopeless' leader of 'weak' government, says major Tory donor

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One of the Conservative Party’s biggest financial backers has launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, claiming Britain would be better off today with Tony Blair’s 1997 Labour government.

Lord Harris of Peckham slammed Theresa May as a “hopeless” leader of a “weak” administration as he laid into the premier for her “shell-shocked” general election performance which cost the Tories their majority.

Lord Harris told the Times: “Both sides don’t know what they want at the moment or where they want to go.

“I’d much rather have a strong Labour government than a weak Conservative one and I’m a Conservative through and through.

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“I wouldn’t want Jeremy Corbyn but if you had Tony Blair when he first got in now he would be very good for this country.”

Asked if that incarnation of Mr Blair would be better than Mrs May is currently, he told the newspaper: “Probably, I think so, yes.”

In the wounding interview, Lord Harris also suggested Mrs May’s record as home secretary was not “that great”, described her attacks on aspects of capitalism and big business as “stupid”, and warned she was making a “mistake” by criticising excessive pay.

The peer’s intervention comes with the PM continuing to face speculation about her future as Tory leader and with her party split on the biggest political issue of the day – Brexit.

On Mrs May’s rise to the premiership, the former Conservative Party deputy treasurer said he “didn’t think she had it in her”.

“I thought for the first three or four weeks she did well,” he said.

Lord Harris tipped Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to be Mrs May’s successor (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“Then she did the election and she was hopeless.”

Looking at potential replacements for Mrs May, Lord Harris said Boris Johnson was “a genius” but “lazy”, while Michael Gove has “no personality”.

The peer instead backed Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for the top job.

“She’s very practical, very solid and won’t give in,” he said.


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