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Theresa May Asked If Not Being A Mother Allows Her To Work Harder

Prime minister says her Christian faith helped her deal with parents' death.

11/05/2017 20:03 BST | Updated 12/05/2017 08:53 BST

Theresa May has revealed how her Christian faith helped he cope with the loss of both her parents at a young age.

The prime minister’s father died when she was 25 and her mother passed away not long after.

In an interview with LBC on Thursday evening, May said her faith helped to “provide support for me through those difficult times”.

May was also questioned by host Nick Ferrari about not having had children with her husband Philip. 

“It’s been very sad,” she said. “It just turned out not to be possible for us.”

“We are not the only couple that finds ourselves in that situation and when you do I suppose you just get on with life.”

The subject of May’s family came up during the Tory leadership campaign, when rival Andrea Leadsom was accused of claiming the fact she had children would make her a better prime minister.

In the interview, May was asked if she would have been able to “apply” herself to her job if she was also a mother.

“I look at some of my parliamentary colleagues and people who have been in cabinet who have children and yes, they do apply themselves to that extent, they are just very well organised,” she said.

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LBC host Nick Ferrari questions the prime minister on her faith.

Discussing the deaths of her parents, May said it “did have quite and impact” on her.

The prime minister added: “I was very fortunate. I had been married not that long beforehand and Philip [May] has ben a fantastic support for me. He really was my rock.

“I was an only child I didn’t have brothers and sisters I could share it with.

“Suddenly there I was without the two people who had brought me up and how have meant so much to me.”

May, the daughter of a vicar, added: “I think my faith helped as well. In, just again, being a sort of support there for me.”

The prime minister, who said she has 100 cookery books at home, was asked what meal she would make US President Donald Trump should he visit. “I might might do something like a slow roast shoulder of lamb,” she said.