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Regional daily opts for Star Wars pun as newspapers hail new PM

A regional daily issued a good luck message to Britain’s new Prime Minister today with a reference to a classic sci-fi film series.

Mrs May is due to enter Number 10 tomorrow after her only remaining rival for the Conservative Party leadership, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the race yesterday lunchtime.

The Eastern Daily Press referenced¬†Star Wars with its front page, below, running with the headline ‘May the force be with you’.

The phrase is used by members of the Jedi Order in the films as a message of good luck.


Elsewhere, traditionally Conservative-supporting daily the Yorkshire Post, below, was one of the other dailies to splash on the news.

Its coverage was angled on pressure for the new PM to call a general election.

May Yorks

The Northern Echo, below, ran with the news under the headline ‘Momentous’, describing what had been an “unprecedented” day of political drama.

May Echo

The Western Mail, below, focused on the assertion by Mrs May, who had campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, that “Brexit means Brexit”.

May Western

Pro-Scottish independence daily The National also mentioned what it termed a “Brexit face-off” between the new Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Mrs Sturgeon has previously stated she will campaign for a second independence referendum following the EU vote result.

May National

As reported on HTFP, Mrs May’s local newspaper the Maidenhead Advertiser scored an exclusive interview with her prior to the launch of what was due to be her leadership campaign.

The weekly has continued its coverage online, setting up a live blog following yesterday’s announcement which it will keep running throughout this week.


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  • July 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

    EDP’s take is incredible. How do these people think these things up? No wonder the company is doing so well (Is this right? Sub please check). My own contribution is thus: It’s The Merry Month Of May. See what I’ve done there? The Pulitzer Committee has my email address; expect great things.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Superb effort from Digger there. Come on all you old HTFP regulars, where are you hiding these days? This is being granted the freedom of Pun City. May Polls Tory Vote. Geddit? Eh?

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  • July 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Perhaps not, Idle Rich, but that does not diminish the comedic lustre of this polished offering. I’ve never seen it either but I get the reference to something highly important in the film, whatever it is. Also loving that capped down “prime minister”. Plenty to admire and learn from here, folks.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I love it when a post whooshes way over Dick Minim’s head. And I thought he was a Radio4 sort of guy. My mistake.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Not difficult, Idle Rich, as it’s in the sand much of the time. Anyway, last one and I have to ask if the new Cabinet will be the Darling Duds of May? Well, I didn’t have to ask but, y’know, I’m a Channel 5 sort of guy.

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