Theresa May: my immediate impression from Downing Street

Theresa May: my immediate impression from Downing Street

I was lucky enough to be right behind the media pack in Downing Street yesterday as David Cameron left and Theresa May arrived. I don’t claim to be a great photographer, so this is the best I could get.

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Being on the spot produced a different set of emotions than watching it all on TV. For example, my immediate reaction to seeing Cameron and his family was to feel sorry for them that they were leaving what has been their family home for six years. Moving home is a distressing experience for anyone, and they had to do it in front of the world’s media. Just as when Gordon Brown and his young family left Downing Street in 2010, though in that case I watched on TV, it was a tear-jerking moment.

Then about an hour later, Theresa May and her husband appeared. May hasn’t proved herself, yet, to be the world’s greatest public speaker. So as she walked up Downing Street towards the podium I examined her for nerves or any sign of insecurity or discomfort. There was none that I could see. She was, it seems, to the manor born.

She’s made a good start, and she’ll have a honeymoon period, as all Prime Ministers do. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Article date

July 14th, 2016

Robert Taylor

Media Trainer

@RT_MediaTrainer

My main passion is media training, and I’m proud to be one of the UK’s most experienced and successful trainers in this field.

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