The Guardian: The last-minute pledges and promises that helped May survive leadership challenge13 December 2018 | 02:18 | FOCUS News Agency
The whispered lobbying of Theresa May’s enemies in the Westminster tea room, Christmas drinks receptions and in the coffee queue contained one killer argument to persuade wavering colleagues – do you want this prime minister to lead us into the next election?
Hard Brexiteеrs wanting to dislodge the prime minister knew that was the one thing niggling in the back of their colleagues’ minds. It might be a risk now, but would a victory mean May saw it as a mandate to lead indefinitely? Many of the most mild-mannered MPs in parliament were worried about that.
The rug was pulled from under her enemies’ feet when the prime minister made her pledge to Conservative colleagues, many still bruised from 2017, that she would not fight the next election.
“There were waverers in the room, quiet ones,” an MP said afterwards. “It was not easy at all. There were moments where she held the room, she lost it, and she took it back again. But she did win them over. Many people praised her stamina.”
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