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May Says She'll Run for Re-Election. Tories Laugh in Reply

  • Lame-duck premier’s aim was to end rumors about her future
  • Tory lawmakers laugh at idea she’ll lead them in another vote
U.K. Minister Theresa May and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe wait for their Shinkansen bullet train bound for Tokyo at Kyoto station on Aug. 30.

U.K. Minister Theresa May and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe wait for their Shinkansen bullet train bound for Tokyo at Kyoto station on Aug. 30.

Photographer: Yoshiko Sato/AFP via Getty Images
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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May tried to convince people she’s no lame duck by insisting she intends to lead her Conservative Party into the next election. Her own lawmakers chuckled at the idea.

After a weekend that saw one newspaper claim to know the date in 2019 when May is planning to quit, the premier jumped at the chance to stop the rumor mill during a visit to Japan. Asked whether she’d still be in her job by 2022, when the next vote is due, her response was unequivocal.