Nick Timothy, author of the Conservatives’ disastrous general election manifesto, said in an interview that despite pressure from within her Cabinet, said the Prime Minister would not compromise on her Brexit “red lines”.
“The fundamental things that the country voted for, that we will leave the EU, control immigration, that the court of justice should have no jurisdiction in this country, that we should stop paying membership fees – I’m confident that those things will end,” he said.
He also defended the controversial “dementia tax” – to make elderly people pay for care in their own home unless they have less than £100,000 in assets – saying that the policy is still “the strong one, the right one”.
However, he admitted the idea has probably been killed off by the June 8 result.
The PM should instead set up a royal commission to look at how to pay for social care, he said.
The former Downing Street Chief of Staff also revealed Mrs May did not intent to “get rid” of Chancellor Philip Hammond if the Tories had secured a strong election result.
He told the Telegraph: “She did not intend to get rid of him.
“Theresa refused to even talk about post-election reshuffles because she thought it was inappropriate, it took things for granted, she wanted to concentrate on the campaign, so that was just never on the cards and I don’t know what the origin of that story was.
“They go for dinner or breakfast with one another probably every fortnight, they get along fine but the two of them are business–like politicians, that’s how they work.”
He added: “It’s the cliche about her that she has never sought to be in a gang or have her own gang, but the way people perceive the relationship is in part down to the way the two of them tend to conduct themselves. There is no rift.”
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