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David Cameron used to describe waiting to appear at meetings of the 1922 Committee as “exercise book down the trousers time”. The former prime minister used to stand in the corridor outside committee room 14, waiting – as is the tradition – to be summoned inside to address Tory MPs.


He used to enjoy banter with the journalists in the corridor, exchange gossip, tell funny stories about his family – and once brought Arnold Schwarzenegger with him. Theresa May doesn’t do banter, gossip or funny stories. And the idea of socialising with the star of films like The Terminator and Total Recall would no doubt horrify her.

So unlike her predecessor, when she arrived for her appearance at “the ’22”, she swept along the corridor imperiously, past a huge crowd of journalists, with her large entourage of Downing Street aides and protection officers trailing in her wake.

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