In this excellent NYT article, Stephen Castle takes a hard look at Theresa May, the lead contender to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party – the winner of the contest will become Prime Minister. Castle reports that as lawmakers start voting to narrow the contenders for head of the party, Ms. May stands as a front-runner, with a reputation for seriousness and hard work behind her.
Castle, the London correspondent of the New York Times, concludes that Theresa May achilles heel is her record on immigration while minister in charge of the Home Office. Although the Home Office is one of the great offices of state in the UK, it is often regarded as a political graveyard and has ruined many a career. Surviving years as Home Office minister is an outstanding testimony to her political leadership. The Home Office has responsibility for protecting the UK from terrorism.
For me, Theresa May provides a tried and tested safe pair of hands, capable of uniting party, country and dealing properly with European allies.