Thursday, 24 June 2021

Home Secretary impresses faithful with impromptu speech

HOME Secretary Theresa May was guest of honour at the Henley Conservatives’ annual lunch on Sunday.

HOME Secretary Theresa May was guest of honour at the Henley Conservatives’ annual lunch on Sunday.

The MP for Maidenhead, whose constituency covers Wargrave, Remenham, Sonning and Charvil, spoke for 15 minutes at the event at Badgemore Park Golf Club.

She arrived accompanied by several protection officers, followed separately by her husband Philip.

She wore a green and black patterned dress, a green waist-length coat with a poppy pin badge and a pair of black open-backed heels. Once inside, Mrs May walked from table to table introducing herself to every guest.

She addressed the room before the meal was served, discussing national topics such as immigration and the appointment of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Mrs May also said she was concerned about rush-hour traffic queues on Remenham Hill and promised to discuss the matter with Councillor David Nimmo Smith, who is chairman of Henley Conservatives as well as Oxfordshire County Council’s highways member. She left after 90 minutes and the lunch concluded with a raffle with prizes including tickets to Henley Royal Regatta and meals at the Row Barge pub and Spice Merchant restaurant in Henley.

Guests included Henley MP John Howell, Mayor Lorraine Hillier and Mayoress Susan George, her sister, Mike Moody, chairman of South Oxfordshire Conservative Association, and the association’s president Baroness Buscombe.

Cllr Nimmo Smith said: “We thought we would invite Theresa as her constituency is only just across the river and we were delighted that she was able to attend. We had an absolutely packed room. She asked me what people wanted her to speak about and I said it was up to her.

“She then spoke with no notes at all, which I’ve seen her do before and is always impressive. She really was addressing the audience directly.

“It went down very well and everyone was amazed at her skill as a speaker. They had a lot of questions, especially about UK politics and how the Conservatives intend to face their new opposition.

“She thoroughly enjoyed it and both she and her husband were very approachable and easy to talk to.”

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