Theresa May dismisses talk of leadership challenge and insists she will be PM for at least another year.
Attending the G20 summit in Hamburg, Mrs May was asked whether other world leaders are convinced she will still be there in a year or two’s time.
Mrs May replied: Yes. We will be playing our absolutely full part and I’ll be playing my full part and the issues that we are discussing are important.
It comes after the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said earlier this week that Mrs May wanted to stay in post for her full five year term.
Until now, Mrs May’s position on her future has been that she will serve as leader for as long as the Conservative Party wants her to, but she has now made it clear that she expects to be in post when the next G20 meeting happens in Argentina next year.
Asked if she was full of regrets after calling the general election and losing her majority, she said: No. If we look at the general election, of course, the result didn’t go in the way that I’d hope.
I think it was the right decision to actually call that election. I’d hoped for a different result.
Since the poll on June 8 Mrs May has said little about her future.
On June 11 she refused to say whether she intended to serve a full five-year term, instead saying: “I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term.
But what I’m doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job.
The following day Mrs May told her backbench MPs on the 1922 committee that she would serve for as long as you want me to.
But on Monday of this week, when asked if the Prime Minister intended to stay for the full five years to the next election her spokesman said : I have been asked this before, and I am sure I will be asked again, and the answer is yes.
Mrs May was also asked by Channel 4 News in Germany whether critics misunderstood her when they call her robotic and heartless.
She said: I think what’s important is that we get on with the job and getting on with the job is about delivering for people.
She also insisted that she still had influence on the world stage, saying: The 19 countries sitting around the table will be listening and will be taking us seriously and will be working with us.
Mrs May will hold bilateral meetings with President Donald Trump, President Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, President Xi Jinping of China and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.