Give me a little more time (to become prime minister), says Jess Phillips

Written by David Singleton on 5 December 2017 in Diary

The Labour MP was on a panel with Katherine Ryan and Kamal Ahmed.

Jess Phillips was among the speakers at this year’s ‘Crystal Ball Breakfast’ courtesy of top PR consultancy Edelman - and the Labour MP had some interesting political predictions up her sleeve.

On the Conservative leadership, Phillips predicted that three senior figures would be preparing for battle next year.

"Theresa May will still be the prime minister at the end of 2018 but getting ready to stand down and there will be three obvious candidates trying to take her on and that is Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd and Ruth Davidson."

The crowd was especially enthused by her explanation as to why the foreign secretary would not be in the running for the top job:

"I think Boris Johnson will be absolutely nowhere, just like he deserves to be, because he shot his load far too soon. Much like Damian Green."

Moving on to her own party, Philips said Jeremy Corbyn would still be leader next year but at least one thing would change on that front:

"I think that the whole singing a man’s name to a song it doesn’t quite fit to will wane… this sort of hero worship, it’s difficult for to think it’s going to be able to last."

Later on, writer and comedian Katherine Ryan said that perhaps 2018 could see Philips becoming prime minister.

“Give me a bit longer. A year is a bit short," responded Phillips, suggesting that 2019 or 2020 might be more realistic.



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