THERESA May has accidentally contradicted her ‘strong, stable, leadership’ electoral message in a live interview.
The prime minister was speaking to Magic FM when she inadvertently said that her party was on the verge of collapse because of her utterly inept command of it, before correcting herself.
Political analyst Helen Archer said: “This slip was very much off-message for the Conservatives, and that could damage them.
“When everyone’s out there pushing the strong, stable leadership line, May stating her cabinet team run about like headless chickens not listening to a word she says is telling, even if she did later clarify it was a mistake.
“Put together with last month’s slip about wanting ‘the worst possible deal for Britain’ in Brexit negotiations, and you can see why she’s avoiding a leadership debate.
“Still, with her poll lead she’ll probably get away with it.”
In a later interview with Southampton’s The Breeze FM, the prime minister said she offered strong, stable leadership “like the iron hoof of Satan himself” before apologising for her misstatement.