Theresa May: why did she refuse to clap for Boris Johnson?

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Theresa May did not join her Tories colleagues in applauding the outgoing Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister Theresa May refused to clap for Boris Johnson as Tory MPs gave him a standing ovation at the end of his last PMQs.

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Ms May did not join her Tories colleagues to applaud the outgoing Prime Minister, who ended his performance with “hasta la vista, baby”.

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Footage showed the former PM standing reluctantly – after other Conservative Party members led the way – and crossing her arms as Mr Johnson exited the House of Commons.

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Why did Ms May refuse to clap for him, what was the reaction and who is she supporting in the Tory leadership contest?

Ms May and Mr Johnson have clashed frequently in recent years

Why didn’t Theresa May clap for Boris Johnson?

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Ms May and her successor, Mr Johnson, have a strained relationship and have frequently clashed over Brexit during the former’s tenure.

Mr Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, resigned as Foreign Secretary during Mrs May’s time as Prime Minister.

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In his resignation letter, he claimed that Britain was heading towards “colony status” if Ms May’s “soft Brexit plans” were accepted.

Ms May recently made it clear that she did not condone Mr Johnson’s actions during ‘Partygate’.

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The Maidenhead MP said the Covid-19 regulations had severely restricted the public, which “had the right to expect that their Prime Minister had read the rules, understood the meaning of the rules and set an example by following those rules”.

She continued to the house, “What the [Sue] The gray report shows that 10 Downing Street failed to comply with the regulations they imposed on the public.”

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Ms May then addressed the Prime Minister directly: “Well, either my right esteemed friend hadn’t read the Rules, didn’t understand what they meant and neither had others around him, or they didn’t think the Rules for No. 10 apply.

How was the reaction?

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Ms May’s actions did not escape the attention of social media, with many giving their opinions on her decision.

Twitter user @rogerkb2012 praised Ms May, writing: “Perhaps the only Tory MP with integrity in the House of Commons today.”

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Others have criticized the former PM, with @dannyriding25 saying she is the “worst PM ever” while @TexanGhost saying her behavior was “shameful”.

Meanwhile, a Twitter user took aim at the other Tory MPs – arguing that many of those who applauded the Prime Minister had ousted him from office a few weeks earlier.

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@dananagrams commented, “A lot of those gossips were the ones who stabbed him in the back to get rid of him, at least she wasn’t a hypocrite.”

Who is Ms May backing in Tory leadership contest?

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Ms May has not publicly revealed who she is supporting to become the next British Prime Minister.

However, she has ties to many of the candidates – Liz Truss was Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Mrs May, while Rishi Sunak served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary.

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Ms May also worked with the now-eliminated Penny Mordaunt, who appointed her Defense Secretary – making Ms Mordaunt the first woman to hold the position.

Mr Johnson has also not announced who he supports, but the consensus is that he will put his support behind Ms Truss – as she was one of the few cabinet members not to resign amid the Tory party’s rebellion against the Prime Minister’s leadership .

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