5 things more noteworthy about Theresa May than her shoes


Theresa May made her Prime Ministerial debut on Good Morning Britain today.

The interviewers, Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan quizzed the country's leader on her choice of footwear and controversial scone recipe - which stirred a strong reaction with viewers at home.

Observers almost immediately took to twitter calling Morgan a "sad, sexist man" and leading to May herself questioning the lack of focus on the choice of footwear of her male colleagues.

May admitted that she doesn't mind the media's obsession with her distinctive taste in shoes because it "gives me an excuse to go and buy new shoes", but it is clear there are far more important matters that should be discussed when interviewing the Prime Minister.

(Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
(Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

To demonstrate our point, we have hand picked five things about May that are far more noteworthy than her shoes...

1. She has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union.

(Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)

Brexit means Brexit, as we all know. May claims she wants a "smooth transition" out of the EU but admits that the Brexit process will not be "plain sailing" for the economy.

2. She was the longest serving home secretary since 1951.

Labour's James Ede had the job between 1945 and 1951 and May was only a few weeks away from overtaking his record.

4. She once claimed an illegal immigrant avoided deportation because of his pet cat.

(Matt Dunham/PA Archive)
(Matt Dunham/PA)

Everyone was a taken aback in 2011 at a Tory party conference when May claimed: "We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act...about the illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because - and I am not making this up - he had a pet cat." Judges and human rights campaigners promptly accused her of getting her facts wrong.

4. She set up a meeting with Putin.

(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)
(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

May spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 9. A statement from her office said May hoped "they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them". The phone call led to the British and Russian leaders agreeing that their citizens faced common threats from terrorism, and said they looked forward to meeting at the G20 summit.

5. She was criticised for the divisive "go home" billboard vans.

(Home Office Press Association Images)
(Home Office/PA)

May was heavily criticised in 2013 for the Home Office's pilot billboard campaign that told illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest". Two advertising vans were driven around London with the slogan and the number of connected arrests in the local area. But Labour accused the Tories of using the "language of the National Front" and the campaign was scrapped after it reportedly resulted in the voluntary repatriation of only one person.

Point made.