35 months of May: a career in Spectator covers

35 months of May: a career in Spectator covers
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After three long years, she's finally gone. The Prime Minister decided to face the music on the steps of Downing Street yesterday, her voice audibly cracking with emotion as she announced the date of her resignation on 7 June, while her husband Philip May and her Downing Street staff watched sadly on.

May’s departure should be no surprise to readers of The Spectator, however. Since she became Prime Minister in 2016, 28 of our covers have featured Theresa May. Below are a selection, charting the highs and (many) lows of her time in office:

July 2016

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May is the last person standing in a shorter-than-expected leadership race[/caption]

October 2016

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The new PM looks all powerful after becoming leader[/caption]

November 2016

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May is riding high, and is in a strong position heading into the Brexit talks[/caption]

March 2017

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The pressure builds on the PM[/caption]

April 2017

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May calls a general election to boost her majority in 2017[/caption]

May 2017

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The Spectator suggests May's manifesto may have some problems[/caption]

June 2017

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Things don't go well during the 2017 general election[/caption]

June 2017

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The Maybot malfunctions when the Tories fail to achieve a majority[/caption]

February 2018

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May's failings become clear[/caption]

April 2018

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May shuts the door on the world, and abandons 'global Britain'[/caption]

May 2018

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May is pinned, by her friends and enemies[/caption]

July 2018

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Boris Johnson and David Davis resign, sparking a rebellion against her[/caption]

September 2018

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The Tory battles begin[/caption]

September 2018

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The Spectator notes May’s growing isolation[/caption]

November 2018

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May serves up her Withdrawal Agreement - an unappetising Brexit concoction[/caption]

November 2018

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Her deal is defeated by a historic margin, threatening to split the Conservatives forever[/caption]

December 2018

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May hangs on ahead of the first Meaningful Vote[/caption]

January 2019

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Power is wrested away from her by backbench MPs[/caption]

February 2019

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May is fired back across the Channel to find 'alternative arrangements' to the backstop[/caption]

March 2019

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She is reduced to begging for concessions from EU leaders[/caption]

March 2019

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The country looks for leadership[/caption]

Written bySteerpike

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