Sunday 19 November 2017

PM admits nation's obsession with her shoes gives her excuse to buy more

Theresa May shows off her kitten heels
Theresa May shows off her kitten heels

Theresa May said the nation's obsession with her shoes gave her an excuse to buy more pairs.

The Prime Minister said it was "interesting" that people focused on her footwear, claiming male counterparts were not subjected to the same scrutiny.

Mrs May admitted she was prepared to be "bloody difficult" in standing up for her beliefs and said that since being in Number 10 one of the biggest changes she had noticed were the amount of selfies she gets asked for.

Asked if the interest in her shoes was sexist, Mrs May told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "It is interesting people focus on my shoes.

"I don't think they focus on Philip Hammond's or Boris Johnson's in quite the same way.

"Do I regret the fact that people look at my shoes? Hey, it gives me an excuse to go and buy new shoes."

Mrs May, who is more used to facing questions about "hard" or "soft" Brexit was also grilled about the consistency of the fat used to make scones.

At the weekend she shared her recipe for scones but did not discriminate between using butter and margarine.

She said she had used both successfully, but hard fat was easier to work into the flour.

She said: "You have to rub it in with the flour. It's often easier if it's hard, you can get a good rub in. If it's too soft it starts to become a bit claggy.

"I have made it in the past with both. Of course, I tend not to make the recipe now because of my diabetes, I don't make too many scones. But I hope whoever makes the recipe enjoys them."

Mrs May said her husband Philip was a fan of her cooking.

"I've always unwound by cooking and walking. These are the things I do," she told BBC Breakfast.

"I don't get quite so much time to do them these days as I did in the past, but whenever I can, my husband and I enjoy walking and I enjoy cooking. And he enjoys eating what I cook."

Asked what was the biggest difference was about being Prime Minister, she told the programme: "I seem to be asked to do a lot more selfies these days.

"I do do quite a few of them, but I can't manage to do all of them. I'm afraid time doesn't allow me. There have been quite a few selfies here at the party conference, as you can imagine."

Former cabinet colleague Ken Clarke described Mrs May as a "bloody difficult woman" - a label she seemed prepared to accept.

"Ken and I had our interesting debates in the past and I stand by doing what I believe to be the right thing," she told LBC Radio.

"If standing up for what you believe to be right is being 'bloody difficult', then so be it."

Asked whether she felt that she was treated differently in politics because she is a woman, Mrs May told Five News: "I've never really felt that. I just get on with the job and I believe that's absolutely right.

"In my political career I've always believed, whatever job I'm in, in getting on and doing the best job possible for the British people, and that's what I'm going to do as Prime Minister."

Press Association

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