Theresa May was spotted dancing enthusiastically at a music festival on the day her old rival Boris Johnson was nominated as Prime Minister.
The former Prime Minister showed off some of her signature dance moves as she bopped along to Craig David singing his hit song Nothing Like This at the Henley Festival in Oxfordshire.
Boris Johnson, who helped force May out at PM in 2019, finally announced his resignation yesterday, admitting ‘no-one is indispensable’ as he confirmed his MPs ‘clearly’ want a change.
Yet while the Prime Minister’s demise may have put a frown on the faces of his loyal followers, Theresa May appeared happier than ever.
Efforts led by Johnson forced May to resign as Prime Minister in 2019.
This evening she added to her repertoire of toe-curlingly awkward dance moves as she jolted her arms and nodded her head to the beat.
Theresa May was spotted dancing enthusiastically at a music festival on the day her old rival Boris Johnson was nominated as Prime Minister
The former Prime Minister produced some quintessentially awkward dance moves this evening
The 65-year-old was dressed in a bright orange frock next to her husband Philip, 64, who also seemed to be giving dancing a go as he bounced in time with the music.
In 2018, May sparked headlines after she was filmed gyrating awkwardly in front of a group of school children in South Africa, before a second performance days later in Kenya.
She was dubbed The Maybot due to the lack of fluidity with her dance moves.
Theresa May appeared in good spirits at the Henley Festival this afternoon. Her dancing this evening came mere hours after she took a huge swipe at Boris Johnson for his scandal-ridden premiership
The former Prime Minister showed off some of her signature dance moves as she bopped along to Craig David (pictured at the festival) singing his hit song Nothing Like This at the Henley Festival
Her antics this evening came mere hours after she took a huge swipe at Boris Johnson for his scandal-ridden premiership.
She tore into the Partygate scandal and his Brexit plan for Northern Ireland during a speech at the Institute for Government.
Walking out with her husband at the festival, May paired the long-sleeved dress which was ruched at the waist with a matching leather-look clutch bag. She also wore a pair of black court stilettos.
Theresa May appeared to leave yesterday’s political drama behind her as she stepped out at the Henley Festival in Oxfordshire, alongside her husband Philip, 64
The 65-year-old, dressed in a bright orange frock, posed up a storm while standing beside her partner, with the pair wearing matching smiles
The former Prime Minister wore teardrop pearl earrings and a multi-layered pearl necklace to complete her look.
Theresa was all-smiles at the annual Henley Festival, which runs from July 6-10 this year and uses the same facilities as the Henley Regatta.
Earlier in the day May warned Johnson that he would have to ‘restrict’ himself during his final weeks in office – with the PM planning to remain in power until a new Tory leader is elected.
It has been claimed that Johnson is plotting a raft of radical political announcements as he sees out his time in Number 10, which has increased angst among rebel Conservatives about his plan to hang around.
The former Prime Minister, who is still MP for Maidenhead, appeared to forget the political drama of the day as she appeared at sunset
Theresa donned her tears after making an emotional speech at the Institute for Government yesterday in which she paid tribute to her former cabinet minister James Brokenshire, who passed away from lung cancer last October.
Some have suggested Deputy PM Dominic Raab – or even May herself – could be drafted in as an interim PM, while a new Tory leader is elected, in order to see Johnson out of Downing Street as soon as possible.
May laughed off those claims yesterday. She said: ‘I don’t think there’s going to be a caretaker PM in the sense of someone else coming in to that role.’
Giving a lecture in tribute to former Tory Cabinet minister James Brokenshire, who died from lung cancer in October last year, May spoke of her own experience in resigning as PM.
She announced her departure in May 2019, but did not formally leave office until July of that year when Johnson was elected as her successor as Tory leader.
‘You have to restrict yourself in what you do in that period of time,’ May said of that period.
Theresa May could be forgiven for appearing gleeful as she spoke simultaneously as the PM announced his departure in Downing Street
‘The one thing I was able to do was the climate change net-zero legislation because it had consensus across the House – it wasn’t a contentious issue so it was possible to put that legislation through.’
The theme of May’s address was public service and the ex-PM made light of the circumstances in which she was making her speech.
‘What a week in which to hold this lecture!’ she said. ‘But, for the avoidance of doubt, this is the speech I would have given regardless of circumstances.’
May, who has often been spotted at Lord’s cricket ground and is a huge fan of Geoffrey Boycott, paid tribute to the ‘nation’s greatest sport’ as she drew a comparison between playing the game and political life.
‘In cricket, it’s not enough to avoid breaking the rules,’ she said. ‘In fact the game requires adherence to its traditions as much as its laws.’
She added: ‘In politics, of course, playing by the rules means following the law.’
Boris Johnson has announced his departure as PM – but said he will stay on until a new Conservative leader is elected to replace him
The ex-PM continued her attack on Johnson’s plan to rip up key parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is claimed to be a breach of international law.
She warned the Government that there would be “real efforts” by the House of Lords to alter the ministers’ planned legislation on overhauling the Protocol.
May also continued her attack on Johnson over the Partygate scandal, which she claimed had reinforced views that politicians saw themselves above the rest of the public.
She said: ‘The incidents shown to have taken place during the pandemic in Downing Street and Whitehall over the last two years have done little to dispel these perceptions of excess and exceptionalism at a time when the rest of the country was making sacrifices.
‘Breaking the rules and the perception of breaking the rules damages faith.’
With the Tories now set to choose a fourth PM in six years, May called on the new Conservative leader to ‘unite the country’.
‘The key thing a new PM needs to do is to seek to heal divisions,’ she said. ‘That’s to seek to heal division in the country and, speaking as a Conservative, heal division in our party.
I fear that what has happened in recent years overall is that we have seen people becoming increasingly polarized. We need to see a PM who is going to actively work to unite the country and to heal that division. That can help as part of the restoration of politics.’