Would-be Prime Minister Theresa May gave an in-depth video interview to her local newspaper last week after topping the MPs’ ballot in the Tory leadership race.
The Advertiser published the exclusive interview in its current edition, which hit the streets on Thursday, with the video published on the paper’s website the following day.
Mrs May, who is MP for Maidenhead, was quizzed by Advertiser editor Martin Trepte and assistant editor Nicola Hine about her bid for Number 10 and the implications of the Brexit vote.
Said Martin: “It was good of Theresa to make time for us during what must have been an exceptionally busy couple of days for her. But this is an example of how well she has continued to serve her constituency, even in such demanding roles as Home Secretary.
“I first interviewed her when she stood as a candidate in Maidenhead 19 years ago and she has always been an exceptionally accessible and hardworking MP.”
In the interview, Mrs May acknowledged that although the Maidenhead area voted to remain in the EU, there would be no attempt to “weasel out” of Brexit.
“We said all along that whatever the result, we would accept it. It’s important we do that,” she said.
“There should be no attempt to weasel out of it. That would destroy trust in politicians. There is a problem with a lack of trust in politicians at the moment so it’s very important we respect it.
“Yes, this area did have a majority for remain but that wasn’t the result collectively across the whole country.”
Mrs May also pledged to remain as active as possible in her constituency if she became Prime Minister.
A short version of the story was published on the paper’s website within half an hour of her leaving the building.