How the Husbands Measure Up

Philip John May (above left)

Age: Something of a toy boy, 58 year-old Philip is a year younger than Theresa, and was two years below her at Oxford!

Job: A banker for nearly four decades, he works at Capital International. This won’t be the last you hear of Philip’s investment firm during the next two months.

How did they meet? You all know this one – introduced by Benazir Bhutto at a student disco of course!

What he says about her: Asked if Theresa used to be a corker, Philip says: “Was? She still is!” 

Cheeky fact: Philip convinced Theresa to take part in a debate on why “sex is great” at Oxford.

Strengths: He’s a savvy chap, in the last few days he’s deleted his LinkedIn page.

Weaknesses: Victim of a wacky online conspiracy theory involving Philip and G4S which could’ve been shut down sooner.

What others say: Friends once remarked: “There is no jealousy there as you might sometimes get. Not an iota of that, on the contrary. Denis minus the drinks cabinet.”

Ben Leadsom (above right)

Age: Flaxen-haired Ben hits 50 this month, three years younger than Andrea!

Job: Holds 16 company directorships, house husband.

How did they meet? The City, natch.

What he says about her:Andy” is Ben’s affectionate nickname for Andrea – well she does wear the trousers!

Cheeky fact: A keen dancer, Ben once entered Strictly Come Towcester, wearing a quite spectacular Union Jack waistcoat.

Strengths: Managed to win Andrea’s heart ahead of love rivals allegedly including her campaign manager Tim Loughton!

Weaknesses: Reported as having received offshore loans, though insists it was nothing to do with tax.

What others say: Andrea admits that more often than not she ends up “leaving Ben to deal with the mess, the noise, the chaos” at home.

So who will be our second First Husband?




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Quote of the Day

Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”

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