Priti Patel boosts leadership speculation at Conservative conference
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
East Anglian MP Priti Patel did little to downplay speculation about her leadership ambitions during her appearance at the Conservative Party conference.
Stage staff placed a step behind the lectern in order to give a height boost to the International Development Secretary for her speech.
And the Witham MP opened by telling Tory members in Manchester: “Thank you for the step up.
“Some of our most successful leaders have of course been the smallest.”
The minister has been touted as a possible replacement for Theresa May, given her strong support for Brexit.
You may also want to watch:
Ms Patel sought to paint the UK as a “bold and confident” nation.
She said: “We’re unafraid to stand up for what we believe in. Influence is about knowing what you believe in, having the confidence to project British values internationally, looking outwards - not inwards, and utilising our unique history and our position as a force for good.”
- 1 Couple fear they will never sell home after A12 upgrade outside
- 2 Suffolk man guilty of raping schoolgirl and facing jail sentence
- 3 'We'll see how we go' - QPR boss Warburton on Bonne recall option
- 4 Man airlifted to hospital after suffering serious leg injuries in crash
- 5 Emotional moment as family decides to cease farming in-hand
- 6 Delays of 80 minutes following A12 crashes
- 7 Ipswich Town players' FIFA 22 ratings revealed
- 8 Britain's poshest train set to return to Ipswich
- 9 Can Town kick on now? Predictions for the next five league games
- 10 Suspected drink driver flees scene after car destroyed in crash
The Tory frontbencher referenced former prime minister Margaret Thatcher as she spoke about how under “my leadership” the spending of the Department for International Development is scrutinised.
She also directly attributed many decisions to herself, adding: “And I’m taking back control of our spending and our decision-making, making sure that we use British values to bring hope and optimism to millions across the world.”