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Surprised with rise in selfie requests, UK PM May says ‘time doesn’t allow me’

Since assuming the office on July 11, following the UK’s Brexit vote, May said she had been asked to pose for a lot more than when she was home secretary.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2016 20:17 IST
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A young fan gets a selfie with the PM Theresa May at the Maidenhead Festival 2016 (Twitter/@ImmigrationatUK)

“May I take a selfie with you, ma’am?"

The number of times Theresa May has to respond to such requests has taken aback the British Prime Minister.

Since assuming the office on July 11, following the UK’s Brexit vote, May said she had been asked to pose for a lot more than when she was home secretary, known for her tough-talking.

“I do do quite a few of them but I can’t manage to do all of them. I’m afraid time doesn’t allow me,” the 60-year-old PM told the BBC.

David Cameron was a keen selfie participant but was criticised for joining Barack Obama for a snap at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

May, who succeeded Cameron in July, will make her debut leader’s address to the Conservative conference on Wednesday.

Ahead of this, May - who has rarely spoken about her life outside politics - took part in the traditional pre-speech round of broadcast interviews where she was pressed on political and personal subjects ranging from Brexit to baking.

Asked what the biggest difference she had noticed since about becoming prime minister she said she seemed “to be asked to do a lot more selfies these days”.

“There have been quite a few selfies here at the party conference, as you can imagine.”

On ITV’s Good Morning Britain, May was asked about her recipe for scones - details of which she shared in a newspaper interview on Sunday - and her collection of shoes.

May, who says she likes to relax by cooking and hill walking, told the Sunday Times that she had used both butter and margarine to make scones in the past - a technique which got a rise among some home bakers on social media.

She told ITV she didn’t make scones so often since being diagnosed with diabetes but said using hard butter was best: “You have to rub it in with the flour. It’s often easier if it’s hard, you can get a good rub in. If it’s too soft it starts to become a bit claggy.”

May, who famously wore a pair of leopard print kitten heels when addressing a Conservative conference in opposition, said she was often amused by the amount of press coverage her choice of footwear attracted.

“It is interesting people focus on my shoes. I don’t think they focus on Philip Hammond’s or Boris Johnson’s in quite the same way. Do I regret the fact that people look at my shoes? Hey, it gives me an excuse to go and buy new shoes.”

And interviewed on LBC Radio, Mrs May was asked about former colleague Ken Clarke’s description of her as a “bloody difficult woman”.

“I stand by doing what I believe to be the right thing,” she replied. “If standing up for what you believe to be right is being ‘bloody difficult’, then so be it,” she added.

First Published: Oct 04, 2016 18:32 IST