Theresa May has come under fire for wearing £1,000 leather trousers

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Prime Minister Theresa May visits Bahrain

Theresa May has insisted she is not out of touch with ordinary people because she wears leather trousers that cost almost £1,000.

Her decision to pose wearing the £995 trousers raised eyebrows among some Tories, but May has said she makes a point of meeting people from across society. In the photoshoot for The Sunday Times May also wore a pair of £295 Burberry trainers.

Nicky Morgan, who May sacked as education secretary when she took over Downing Street, suggested she thought it was unwise for the PM to sport the Amanda Wakeley-designed "bitter chocolate" trousers.

May arrives in Bahrain
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

May brushed aside suggestions the expensive trousers and the fact she enjoys goose for Christmas dinner, meant she was completely out of touch with ordinary British lives.

Speaking during an official trip to Bahrain, May said: "Look, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and said what I did about the importance of a country that works for everyone because that is what I have heard from people as I have gone around the country, as I have met people in a whole variety of circumstances.

"I believe it is important for politicians to get out and about and that's exactly what I continue to do. It is important that we have a country that works for everyone."

Nicky Morgan
Morgan isn't convinced by May's sartorial decision (Nick Ansell/PA)

Whereas Morgan isn't so sure about her sartorial choice, and said: "My barometer is always, 'How am I going to explain this in Loughborough market?'"

Morgan said the trousers had been "noticed and discussed" in Tory circles. She added: "I don't have leather trousers. I don't think I've ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress."