THERESA May has agreed to stay on in No10 for an extra day to spare her successor the ordeal of a PMQs grilling on their first full day in power.
No10 yesterday confirmed that Mrs May will leave office on the afternoon of Wednesday July 3.
That will be a full 24 hours after the winner of the Tory leadership contest is announced by Conservative bosses, on the morning of Tuesday July 23.
The revelation came after Mrs May’s officials conferred with the two challengers for her job, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.
As The Sun revealed yesterday, CCHQ also confirmed the ballot of the 160,000 Tory party members will close on the preceding Monday evening, with counting of the votes done overnight.
The PM’s official spokesman said: “We would expect the transition to the new Prime Minister to take place on the Wednesday afternoon, after Prime Minister’s Questions”.
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That date means Mrs May will have served three years and 11 days as Premier, making her the 33rd longest of the 54 Prime Ministers that Britain has had.
Tomorrow she will overtake 1930’s PM Neville Chamberlain, who served two years and 348 days.
But Mrs May won’t now overhaul 1970s leader James Callaghan, who had three years and 29 days in power.
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