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The Theresa May paradox: her weakness has become her strength

MPs dare not throw her out yet for fear that a new leader would mean another general election—and a Corbyn victory

By Tom Quinn  

The PM insisted earlier this week that she is "not a quitter." Photo: Carl Court/PA Wire/PA Images

Theresa May’s insistence that she is “not a quitter” when asked whether she would step down before the next election has predictably sparked another round of speculation about her future. In another interview, she was asked whether she intended to lead her party into the next election and replied, “Yes, I’m in this for the long term.”

The response was swift. Her old foe, George Osborne, used an editorial in the Evening…

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