Theresa May has said she will remain in Parliament as MP for Maidenhead after stepping down as prime minister.
Theresa recounted: “I was having a pint with Anna (Soubry, leader of Change UK) and mentioned I was happy to embrace change. Anna stared at her shoes and said, “What? Try Jeremy” and dashed off.”
“Then it dawned on me.”
To cheers from the Conservative benches, Mrs May replied: “I will indeed be staying in the chamber of the House of Commons because I will continue as the member of Parliament for my constituency.”
“And become an active member of Her Majesty’s opposition.”
Accepting peerages and retiring to the House of Lords has become far less common for outgoing prime ministers in recent decades, with ex-PMs remaining more active in public life, combining charitable activities with earning money on the lecture circuit and making increasingly frequent political interventions.
It’s understood the PM turned down offers to replace Darcey Bussell in Strictly and presenter spots on HIGNFY and Celebs On The Farm.
During PMQs veteran Labour MP Barry Sheerman praised Theresa’s sense of duty, sticking around in Parliament in order to “give some of the people who will take over after her a bit of the medicine they have given her”.
Sir Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 committee, summed up the sacrifice: “Never before in the history of British politics has an ejected Prime Minister shown such unswerving loyalty to their party by committing the ultimate selfless act in joining the opposition.
“Forget Brexit. This is Theresa’s legacy.”