When it’s time to go: the personal and political tensions that colour a decision to leave high office Premium

11 October 2017 | by Ruth Kelly

Political resignation


Pity? Sympathy? Respect for her endurance? Most of the commentary on the Prime Minister’s performance at the recent Conservative Party conference has focussed on the political impact of one of the most calamity-ridden speeches in modern times. But behind the Westminster psycho-drama is the real-life personal drama of an individual catapulted to office after an unexpected referendum result, barely a year later facing the fallout from a disastrous general election, which she called, and the ever- present murmuring of ambitious colleagues, yet driven to stay on by a sense of duty. 

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