Amber Rudd and Theresa May in 2017 | Leon Neal/Getty Images
‘Whiff of sexism’ about how Theresa May was forced out, says ex-Tory minister
Boris Johnson’s ‘aggressive behaviour’ may appeal to men in the Brexiteer European Research Group, says Amber Rudd.
Updated 10/15/19, 2:47 PM CET
A former senior Conservative Cabinet minister said it feels like “a group of men” forced Theresa May out as U.K. prime minister and there was a “whiff of sexism” about how May was treated by the Tory Party.
Amber Rudd told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett that she found it “very disappointing, and I found it at the time, the way that Theresa May was treated by some of these very largely male groups. I mean, I mustn’t suggest that the whole of the ERG [the Brexiteer European Research Group] is male. It’s not, because there are plenty of women in it as well. But it did feel like we had a second female prime minister being pushed out by a group of men at the time.”
“I think there absolutely is a whiff of sexism” about May’s departure, Rudd said. She said it was “difficult” to work out “how much is about a more trusting relationship that they clearly have with Boris Johnson, because he himself was very much part of that ERG group in terms of wanting a harder Brexit than the former prime minister wanted, but I do feel as a woman who’s active in politics myself, that there is a whiff of sexism,