The Prime Minister’s husband was caught grimacing as his wife of 39 years broke down in tears during her resignation speech.
She declared she would resign as Conservative leader on June 7 to trigger a contest that should be complete by the end of July.
Video shows the PM’s spouse in a jovial mood, chatting to Downing Street staff a few minutes before the statement began outside the door of No. 10.
But as Mrs May breaks down in her final words, his face quickly changes to a grimace.
He can then be seen turning to Downing Street’s Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell and appears to mutter ‘oh crikey’.
The group of Downing Street officials then hastily made their way back inside as the podium is packed away.
Husband Philip May grimaces moments after the Prime Minister breaks down in tears at the podium while giving her resignation speech
He then turns to Downing Street’s Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell and appears to mutter ‘crikey’
Philip May happily chatted with staff and advisers before the address from Downing Street yesterday morning
The PM used the speech set out the things she had achieved in office but admitted she had to quit as Tory leader having failed on her promise of delivering Brexit.
She voiced her pride at having reduced the deficit, begun to bring an end to austerity, and worked to support survivors of domestic abuse.
But it was in the final few moments of her 1,000-word speech that she was overcome with emotion.
‘I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,’ said Mrs May as she was overcome with emotion during her resignation speech
Philip May could be seen watching from the shadows (far left) as his wife delivered her parting message from Downing St
‘I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,’ she said, before quickly turning to walk back into No. 10.
The PM had to humiliatingly pull her Withdrawal Agreement Bill yesterday after accepting the reality of her demise.
Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the powerful Tory 1922 committee, met her in No10 the same morning.
He had been instructed by Tory backbenchers to enforce an exit date if Mrs May refused to volunteer one, with MPs threatening to change party rules to allow a fresh no-confidence vote.
But despite the brutal assault on her position from her own side, there was an outpouring of sympathy today after Mrs May finally fell on her sword.
Boris Johnson paid tribute to her ‘stoical service to our country’, urging politicians to ‘follow her urgings’ by ‘coming together to deliver Brexit’.
Andrea Leadsom, whose resignation as Commons Leader put the final nail in Mrs May’s political coffin, tweeted: ‘A very dignified speech by @theresa_may. An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty. She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best.’
David Cameron also weighed in, describing it as a ‘strong and brave speech’.
The Prime Minister’s resignation speech in full
‘Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, but for everyone.
And to honour the result of the EU referendum.
Back in 2016, we gave the British people a choice.
Against all predictions, the British people voted to leave the European Union.
I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide.
I have done my best to do that.
I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union.
I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.
Sadly, I have not been able to do so.
I tried three times.
I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.
But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.
So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.
I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week.
I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded.
It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.
It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum.
To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not.
Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise.
For many years the great humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton – who saved the lives of hundreds of children by arranging their evacuation from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia through the Kindertransport – was my constituent in Maidenhead.
At another time of political controversy, a few years before his death, he took me to one side at a local event and gave me a piece of advice.
He said, ‘Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.’
He was right.
As we strive to find the compromises we need in our politics – whether to deliver Brexit, or to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland – we must remember what brought us here.
Because the referendum was not just a call to leave the EU but for profound change in our country.
A call to make the United Kingdom a country that truly works for everyone. I am proud of the progress we have made over the last three years.
We have completed the work that David Cameron and George Osborne started: the deficit is almost eliminated, our national debt is falling and we are bringing an end to austerity.
My focus has been on ensuring that the good jobs of the future will be created in communities across the whole country, not just in London and the South East, through our Modern Industrial Strategy.
We have helped more people than ever enjoy the security of a job.
We are building more homes and helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder – so young people can enjoy the opportunities their parents did.
And we are protecting the environment, eliminating plastic waste, tackling climate change and improving air quality.
This is what a decent, moderate and patriotic Conservative Government, on the common ground of British politics, can achieve – even as we tackle the biggest peacetime challenge any government has faced.
I know that the Conservative Party can renew itself in the years ahead.
That we can deliver Brexit and serve the British people with policies inspired by our values.
Security; freedom; opportunity.
Those values have guided me throughout my career.
But the unique privilege of this office is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society.
That is why I put proper funding for mental health at the heart of our NHS long-term plan.
It is why I am ending the postcode lottery for survivors of domestic abuse.
It is why the Race Disparity Audit and gender pay reporting are shining a light on inequality, so it has nowhere to hide.
And that is why I set up the independent public inquiry into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower – to search for the truth, so nothing like it can ever happen again, and so the people who lost their lives that night are never forgotten.
Because this country is a Union.
Not just a family of four nations.
But a union of people – all of us.
Whatever our background, the colour of our skin, or who we love.
We stand together.
And together we have a great future.
Our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that is good about this country. So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about.
I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last.
I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.’