EVAN Davis has taken a former Brexit minister to task after the Conservative MP claimed Theresa May was “stabilising the ship” despite a slew of U-turns. The Prime Minister faced a shaky start to her new government after she was forced to bring her party to heel on a Labour-led vote to eliminate the one per cent public sector pay cap.Mrs May was accused of performing a double U-turn after a senior Downing Street source initially signalled ministers were ready to take a second look at the cap, only for the PM’s official spokesperson to later confirm they would not.
Despite the bungled run up to the vote Mrs May’s party, backed by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), saw off the Labour proposal by 323 votes to 309.In a furious debate on Newsnight, BBC host Evan Davis accused the Prime Minister of “burning through her credibility”. Addressing former Brexit minister David Jones, Mr Davis said: “The morning briefings were that you were going to get rid of the cap despite voting against the Labour amendment.“This afternoon you had retreated on the change on policy.“It was complete confusion, can the next 722 days of this parliament carry on like that?”Mr Jones replied: “I have to acknowledge today was not one of the best days.
“But nevertheless looking at what’s happened over the last two weeks, I’ve seen Theresa May stabilising the ship.” Mr Davis quickly cut off the Conservative MP before he could elaborate, criticising Theresa May’s failings following the snap election which saw her lose her majority.The BBC host said: “Sorry? Stabilising the ship?“Since the election, which was a disaster, [there has been] Grenfell – she’s had to apologise to the nation for the reaction to that, and we’ve had today.“There’s been a complete confusion over policy.” Yet despite admitting the period following the election had been “a very difficult time”, the loyal Conservative MP stood by Mrs May and insisted she had not lost any credibility.He said: “Quite frankly at the end of the election campaign that credibility was very low – in fact the entire party’s credibility was very low.“But nevertheless I don’t detect any appetite within the parliamentary party to see her go.”