Theresa May has insisted she is NOT miserable in her job – and hit back at accusations that she has no feelings.
But Mrs May denies being PM is making her miserable – and insists she does not deserve her robotic nickname.
She told Five News: “I’m certainly somebody with feelings. I don’t recognise that characterisation of myself.
“There’s a lot of talk these days of personalities and so forth, but actually when it comes down to it, political personality doesn’t make the difference between somebody getting a job and not getting a job, between that job being created in a balanced economy or not. It’s the actions of Government that matter.”
When pressed on whether she was personally happy in her job, the PM told Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow: “Yes. It’s not miserable, Jon, and the reason it’s not miserable is because as Prime Minister I can ensure that Government takes decisions that really improve people’s lives.”
Despite holding office, the Conservatives have gathered for their annual conference in Manchester in beleaguered mood.
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Delegates have vented their anger at the handling of the snap election and nervously looking over their shoulders at the spectre of Jeremy Corbyn’s poll lead.
Mrs May has struggled to gain traction for her promises to “build a country that works for everyone” as media attention focused on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s semi-public challenge to her position on Brexit.
Asked by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow why the conference seemed in such a miserable mood, Mrs May replied: “The people I meet haven’t been down, they’ve been upbeat.
“They are upbeat about the arguments we need to make, the battle of ideas we will now be entering into, showing why it is that free market economies are those that actually provide for people, provide for people’s livelihoods, provide a better future for people.”
Mrs May made clear in an interview with ITV News that her husband Philip provided important support during difficult moments.
She said: ”Philip has been an important part of my life.
“We’ve been married for 37 years now so that’s quite a long time, and he has always been a huge supporter of my political career and always been there for me.
“In politics, it’s always good to have somebody you can sit down and talk to but also somebody you can do normal things with.
“Politics can be a bit of a strange world, a bubble inside Westminster. It’s important to be able to get away from that.”