What the hell is Theresa May doing partying with the editor of The Daily Mail? [TWEETS]

Sophia Akram

Priti Patel quit her job as International Development Secretary on 8 November. And after that “hideous day”, May decided to go to a party celebrating 25 years of Paul Dacre being The Daily Mail‘s editor.

ITV‘s Political Editor Robert Peston, tweeted this picture and announcement on the evening of 8 November:

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In response to the news, Twitter users shared their outrage:

Some pointed out that May should have had other priorities to deal with:

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Meanwhile, others said it was absolutely fitting that May joined Dacre’s party:

But in all seriousness, some thought May called it wrong on this one:

Strong ties

Dacre is a powerful media figure and his tabloid is often noted for its anti-immigration and right-wing views. It is also a clear backer of Brexit. And in 2016, a leaked email exposed the potential influence the paper had on the Conservative Party.

Links between the PM and the paper have also been close. In the first six months of her time in office, Dacre was the only media figure May hosted at 10 Downing Street with a private dinner. She also hired James Slack, The Daily Mail‘s former political editor, as her spokesperson earlier in 2017. And the tabloid endorsed May for the Conservative Party leadership in 2016 with a front-page headline arguing “why it must be Theresa”.

Judging from the social media reaction though, people are not impressed with May joining a celebration with a paper accused of using hate to push sales.

Instead, there’s plenty of unfinished business May could be dealing with. As one commentator said, her cabinet is “going down the toilet“. And it is only recently that a ‘sex pest’ scandal hit her party. What’s more, despite calls for May to sack Boris Johnson, after a damaging gaffe risked a British woman’s freedom in Iran, he still remains in post.

So, choosing to party with The Daily Mail‘s editor? May certainly called the public mood wrong on this one.

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